Current Situation from FloridaDisaster.org

Dangerous Beach and Boat Conditions Across Much of the State Today With High Waves and Strong Rip Currents...Otherwise, Pleasant but Windy Conditions Expected With Small Rain Chances and Warmer Temperatures...

Updated 9:10 am EDT Thursday

A pleasant, but windy, Thanksgiving Day is expected statewide with conditions very similar to Wednesday. Strong east winds of 10-20mph and gusts to 30mph could push isolated to widely scattered showers towards the East Coast, but most of the activity will diminish upon moving inland.

Afternoon high temperatures will range from the mid 70s to mid 80s statewide today, with overnight lows only in the 60 to 70 degree range.

Strong east winds will continue a high threat for rip currents at all Atlantic Coast beaches today. Higher than normal wave heights will also contribute to a moderate to high risk along beaches in the Florida Panhandle. All other Gulf Coast beaches should experience a low risk of rip currents. Rip currents can still occur on low risk days. Beach goers are urged to check with local beach patrol or beach warning flags for the latest surf conditions before entering the water. Always swim within sight of a lifeguard. For more information on rip currents click here.

No new tropical cyclones are forecast to develop in the Atlantic, Caribbean Sea, or Gulf of Mexico over the next five days. For more information on the tropics please visit the National Hurricane Center website here.

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Emergency Support Function (ESF) 18 was developed as part of the State Emergency Response Team (SERT) to integrate disaster response with private sector organizations. ESF-18 coordinates local, state, and federal agency actions that provide immediate and short-term assistance for the needs of business, industry, and economic stabilization. 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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