Current Situation from FloridaDisaster.org
...Scattered Showers and Thunderstorms in North and South Florida Today...Significant and Extensive River Flooding Across the Peninsula and Northeast Florida Continues...Moderate to High Rip Current Risk for All East Coast Beaches...Maria Made Landfall in Puerto Rico This Morning...Updated 9:35 A.M. EDT Wednesday
Moisture is slowly returning to the state and showers and thunderstorms this afternoon will be much more widespread than previous days. The best chance of rain today is in the Panhandle and across interior South Florida. Locations from Orlando to Jacksonville are likely to remain dry as high pressure remains in control of that region. Otherwise, skies will be mostly sunny to partly cloudy with high temperatures this afternoon near normal in the upper 80s to low 90s. Rainfall amounts will be light (<0.5”) and severe weather is not anticipated. The Heat Index may approach 100 degrees this afternoon in South Florida and the Keys. Winds will generally be from the northeast today at 5-10 mph. Any thunderstorms will dissipate a couple of hours after sunset, but some showers may linger into the overnight hours along coastal regions. Clear to partly cloudy skies are otherwise expected statewide overnight. Lows will be in the upper 60s to low 70s inland, and the mid-70s along the coast. Some low clouds or patchy light fog is possible near sunrise across North Florida.
A moderate to high risk of rip currents is forecast today for all East Coast beaches due to lingering swells from Hurricane Jose. 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. 10 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 Wednesday, Jose weakened to a tropical storm. At 8am EDT Wednesday, Tropical Storm Jose was located about 165 miles south of Nantucket, Massachusetts. Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 65 mph. Additional weakening is expected over the next few days due to cooler ocean temperatures and increased wind shear. At 6:15am EDT Wednesday, Hurricane Maria made landfall near Yabucoa, Puerto Rico with maximum winds near 155mph. At 8am EDT Wednesday, the center of Hurricane Maria was located over eastern Puerto Rico about 15 miles southwest of San Juan. Maximum sustained winds are now near 150 mph, making it a Category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Maria is moving towards the northeast near 10mph, and this motion should continue for the next 24 hours, followed by a turn to the north as it approaches the southeastern Bahamas. Elsewhere, showers and thunderstorms associated with the remnants of Lee have increased overnight. Although environmental conditions are only marginally favorable for development, only a small increase in the overall organization of the system would result in the regeneration of Lee. For the latest information on the tropics, please visit hurricanes.gov.
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