Current Situation from FloridaDisaster.org

...Scattered Showers and Thunderstorms Today...Significant and Extensive River Flooding Across the Peninsula Continues...High Rip Current Risk for All East Coast Beaches...

Updated 9:00 A.M. EDT Sunday

Tropical moisture combined with daytime heating and the local seabreezes will produce scattered showers and thunderstorms along the Peninsula today, with more isolated activity along the I-10 corridor into Northeast Florida. An east to northeast wind of 5-15mph will mean activity will favor the Atlantic Coast through early afternoon and the Gulf coast later in the day.

Widespread severe weather is not anticipated, but thunderstorms that develop will be capable of producing dangerous lightning, gusty winds to 50mph, and brief heavy downpours.

Otherwise, skies will be mostly sunny to partly cloudy with high temperatures this afternoon near normal in the upper 80s to low 90s. The Heat Index will be in the upper 90s to near 100 across inland South Florida and the Keys this afternoon.

Partly to mostly cloudy skies are expected statewide overnight, with low temperatures in the 70s and lingering showers and storms near the coast. Some low clouds or patchy light fog is possible near sunrise across portions of North Florida and West Central Florida.

A high risk of rip currents is forecast today for all East Coast beaches due to lingering ocean swells swells and wave heights of 5-10’. A moderate risk of rip currents is forecast for the Panhandle. A low risk of rip currents is forecast today at all other Florida beaches.

Minor to major river flooding is ongoing throughout the Peninsula. There is a Coastal Flood Advisory in effect for the St. Johns River and its tributaries, indicating that tides will continue to be above normal. 6 different rivers and creeks remain under River Flood Warnings. It will be some time before most river levels return to normal. For more information on specific river stages, please visit the Southeast River Forecast Center here.

At 5am EDT Sunday, Hurricane Maria was located about 530 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, or about 470 miles east-northeast of Miami, Florida. Maximum sustained winds are near 110 mph which makes Maria a Category 2 storm on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Fluctuations in intensity are expected during the next couple of days. Maria is presently moving toward the north at 9 mph, and this general motion is expected to continue through tomorrow with a turn to the northeast mid-week.

Lee strengthened into a hurricane overnight from a tropical storm and continues to rapidly intensify this morning. At 5am EDT Sunday, Hurricane Lee was located about 860 miles east of Bermuda and was moving south at 1 mph. Maximum sustained winds are near 85 mph with higher gusts and this makes Lee a Category 1. Lee is forecast to continue strengthening through the next 48 hours. Lee is expected to continue drifting south and east today and tomorrow before a turn to the west and the north during the middle of the week.No additional tropical cyclone activity is expected within the next 5 days.

For the latest information on the tropics, please visit hurricanes.gov.

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