Current Situation from FloridaDisaster.org

Scattered Showers And Thunderstorms in South Florida Today...Isolated Showers and Storms in the Rest of the Peninsula...Dry Conditions in the Panhandle...High Risk of Rip Currents in for Some Panhandle Beaches.. Moderate Risk Of Rip Currents for Some East Coast Beaches...Tropical Storm Karl and Tropical Storm Lisa Each Moving Northwest in the Atlantic...Neither System Will Pose A Threat To Florida...No New Tropical Development Expected Over the Next Five Days...

Updated 9:00 A.M. EDT Friday

Isolated to scattered showers and storms are expected throughout the Peninsula today. South Florida has an elevated chance, compared to the rest of the state, of scattered showers and storms to develop this afternoon as the sea breezes push inland. A few storms could briefly produce damaging winds, frequent lightning, and small hail, but widespread severe weather is not anticipated. Drier air has settled in most of the state, minimizing rain chances, but some isolated showers and storms are expected to develop this afternoon. Rain chances over the Panhandle are close to zero, however. Otherwise, expect mostly sunny skies in the Panhandle today and partly to mostly cloudy skies elsewhere today. Overnight, an isolated shower or storm is possible in the Peninsula with otherwise partly to mostly cloudy skies, and mostly clear skies are expected in the Panhandle.

Highs today will be in the upper 80s to lower 90s statewide. Overnight lows will range from the lower 70s in North Florida to the mid to upper 70s in Central Florida.

A high risk of rip currents is forecast for Panhandle beaches from Walton County to Franklin County. There is also a moderate risk of rip currents for East Coast beaches from Volusia to Martin County. There is a low risk of rip currents at all other Florida beaches today. Rip currents can still occur on low risk days. Beach goers are urged to check with local beach rescue for the latest surf conditions and to always swim within sight of a lifeguard.

At 5am EDT, Tropical Storm Karl was located 290 miles south of Bermuda and was moving north-northwest at 9 mph with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph. Karl is expected to strengthen some over the next couple of days and it could become a hurricane late this weekend as it moves into the northern Atlantic. At 5am EDT, Tropical Storm Lisa was located 860 miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde islands and was moving northwest at 9 mph with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph. Lisa is expected to weaken to a tropical depression later today. These systems are not threats to Florida. No new tropical cyclone development is otherwise expected over the next five days. For more information from the National Hurricane Center, click here.

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