Current Situation from FloridaDisaster.org

...Isolated to Scattered Showers and Thunderstorms in the Panhandle and Big Bend This Afternoon...Another Round of Showers and Thunderstorms in the Panhandle and the Big Bend Overnight...Slight to Marginal Risk of Severe Weather in the Western Panhandle Early Saturday Morning...Partly to Mostly Cloudy Skies Expected in Central and South Florida Today...Moderate Risk of Rip Currents for All Panhandle Beaches...

Updated 9:35 A.M. EST Friday

Patchy fog is possible this morning in parts of Central and South Florida, but any fog should dissipate by mid-morning. A line of showers and thunderstorms that moved through the Panhandle overnight has left only some scattered showers this morning over parts of the northern Peninsula and west Central Florida. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop this afternoon in the Panhandle and the Big Bend before diminishing this evening under otherwise cloudy skies.

Another disturbance is expected to approach Florida overnight, bringing additional showers and thunderstorms and the possibility for severe weather to the western Panhandle overnight. There is a slight risk of severe weather for Escambia and Santa Rosa counties and a marginal risk of severe weather extending east to Walton County as severe thunderstorms with damaging winds, large hail, frequent lightning, and an isolated tornado are possible in those areas overnight, but primarily early Saturday morning. In addition, some thunderstorms may contain heavy rainfall, leading to a possibility of localized flooding of low-lying areas. Isolated to scattered showers and storms will begin to spread eastward into the eastern Panhandle and Northeast Florida early Saturday morning as well.

Elsewhere in Florida, expect partly to mostly cloudy skies and no rainfall through tomorrow morning. Patchy fog along with areas of fog may develop in parts of Central and South Florida early Saturday morning. Highs today will be in the mid 70s in the Panhandle and in the upper 70s to near 80 elsewhere. Overnight lows will be in the upper 50s to lower 60s in interior portions of the Peninsula and in the mid to upper 60s elsewhere in Florida.

There is no fire weather threat in Florida today with relative humidity well above critical levels throughout the state. Glades and Hendry counties currently have burn bans in place.

A moderate risk of rip currents is forecast for all Panhandle beaches due to south to southwest winds between 10 and 15 mph and wave heights of 2 to 3 feet. A low risk of rip currents is expected at 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.

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