Current Situation from FloridaDisaster.org

Patchy Dense Fog Possible in Northeast and South Florida This Morning...Isolated To Scattered Showers Forecast In South Florida Today...Some Storms Possible This Afternoon...Rest Of State Will Be Dry And Partly Cloudy to Mostly Sunny...Moderate Risk of Rip Currents For Most Panhandle And Some East Coast Beaches Today...

Updated 9:40 A.M. EST Thursday

Patchy dense fog has developed over much of the Peninsula this morning, particularly in Northeast and South Florida. Any fog should dissipate by late morning. The remnants of an old cold front remain over South Florida today. With plenty of moisture available, isolated to scattered showers are expected in South Florida and the Keys today and overnight. Some storms may develop this afternoon in South Florida as daytime heating reaches its peak and some weak sea breezes move inland. Cloudy skies are otherwise expected there today with partly cloudy to mostly sunny skies and dry conditions elsewhere in Florida. Highs will be in the lower to upper 60s in North Florida, in the lower to mid 70s in Central Florida, and in the upper 70s to lower 80s in South Florida.

Chances for showers will continue overnight in South Florida, and isolated showers will also be possible in Central Florida. Expect partly cloudy skies in the Panhandle and cloudy skies in the Peninsula. Lows will be in the upper 30s in the Panhandle and the Big Bend, and in the lower 40s to upper 60s north to south in the Peninsula.

There is no fire weather threat in Florida today due to recent heavy rainfall in the Panhandle and relative humidity expected to remain well above critical levels. Gilchrist County has a burn ban in place.

There is a moderate risk of rip currents forecast for Panhandle beaches from Escambia County to Gulf County and for East Coast beaches from Volusia County to Martin County. There is a low risk of rip currents at all other beaches in Florida 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.

Florida's ESF-18 is committed to engaging the private sector in disaster response.

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.

Mission of SERT and the Florida Division of Emergency Management