Current Situation from FloridaDisaster.org

...Front Stalled Across South Florida, Isolated to Scattered Showers and a Few Thunderstorms in the Peninsula Today...Dry Conditions in the Panhandle and the Big Bend...High to Moderate Risk for Rip Currents at All East Coast Beaches...

Updated 10:05 A.M. EDT Thursday

Surface high pressure continues to dominate the southeast U.S. this morning, and dry conditions should again prevail throughout the Panhandle and the Big Bend through tomorrow morning. However, an old frontal boundary and moisture from the Atlantic will keep rain chances elevated in most of the Peninsula today. Isolated to scattered showers and a few thunderstorms are expected in the Peninsula through tomorrow morning, with the best chances in South Florida, the Keys, and along the East Coast. Winds will be out of the northeast and breezy again today at 10-15 mph in the Peninsula and will be 15-20 mph in some locations along the coasts with higher gusts possible. Rainfall amounts will generally be light and should not exceed half an inch. Highs today will be in the lower 80s in North Florida and in the mid to upper 80s in Central and South Florida. Lows tonight will be in the upper 50s to lower 60s in the Panhandle and the Big Bend, in the mid 60s to lower 70s in Northeast and Central Florida, and in the mid 70s to near 80 in South Florida and the Keys.

While there a couple tropical waves in the Atlantic basin this morning, no new tropical cyclone development is expected over the next five days. For the latest information on the tropics, please visit hurricanes.gov.

Flood IconRiver Flood Warnings continue for parts of the upper St. Johns and the lower Withlacoochee. The Withlacoochee river is now only in minor flood stage. A Coastal Flood Warning is in effect for the St. Johns River and its tributaries in Clay, Duval, Flagler, Putnam, and St. Johns counties through tomorrow morning as moderate tidal flooding is expected around times of high tide. For more information on specific river stages, please visit the Southeast River Forecast Center here.

A moderate to high risk of rip currents is forecast for all East Coast beaches due to wave heights between 3 and 5 feet and northeasterly 15-20 mph winds with higher gusts possible. A moderate risk of rip currents is forecast for Panhandle beaches from Walton County to Franklin County. Winds will be offshore at 10-15 mph but some frequent rip currents are still possible with wave heights from 1-2’. A low risk for rip currents is forecast for all other Florida beaches today. Beach goers are urged to check with local beach rescue for the latest surf conditions and to always swim within sight of a lifeguard. Remember, double red flags means the beach is closed.

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The State’s response effort is initiated through the State Emergency Response Team (SERT), which is comprised of Governor-appointed Emergency Coordination Officers (ECO) from State agencies and volunteer organizations. Emergency Support Function (ESF) 18 Business, Industry, and Economic Stabilization integrates disaster response with private sector organizations. ESF 18 coordinates local, state and federal agency actions that provide immediate and short-term assistance for the private sector. Further, ESF 18 works with business and industry to identify available resources to meet the needs of the State and its citizens.

Working together to ensure that Florida is prepared to respond to emergencies, recover from them, and mitigate against their impacts.

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