Current Situation from FloridaDisaster.org

...Showers were moving across the western Panhandle this morning. Showers will continue across the Panhandle today...There is a high risk for rip currents along parts of the Panhandle and a moderate risk for rip currents for the Big Bend and southwest beaches...There is a low fire risk across the Peninsula, due to ongoing drought conditions. However, winds will be light and humidity high...Rain chances will increase tonight across the Peninsula, especially after sunrise tomorrow...

Updated 8:45 A.M. EST Tuesday

This morning, areas of patchy fog across North Florida are dissipating leaving behind mostly cloudy skies. Some showers and isolated thunderstorms were moving across the western panhandle, but were weakening as they moved east. Scattered showers will continue over the Panhandle today, while the rest of the state remains dry. Rainfall totals may reach 1-2” over the western Panhandle, but widespread flash flooding is not anticipated. Mostly cloudy skies will give way to some sunshine across South Florida this afternoon. Highs will reach the low 70s across the Panhandle, and upper 70s to low 80s elsewhere.

Tonight, rain chances will be on the increase across the Peninsula. However, most of the rainfall for the Peninsula will hold off until after sunrise tomorrow. Skies will be cloudy to mostly cloudy with lows in the 60s statewide.

There is a low fire weather threat across the Peninsula today due to ongoing drought conditions. However, humidity levels are expected to remain above critical levels. Winds across the state will generally be between 5 and 10 mph. Glades and Hendry counties continue to have burn bans in place. Wildfires have been on the increase in Central and South Florida, so practice firs safety in those areas. For fire safety tips, visit www.firewise.org.

A high risk for rip currents is forecast for parts of the Panhandle, primarily due to increasing winds and surf heights. A moderate risk for rip currents is forecast for the Big Bend and southeast Florida beaches. 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. If caught in a rip current, do not panic; swim left or right parallel to the shoreline until free from the current, then swim at an angle towards the shore. Remember, “Don’t Fight...Swim Left or Right”.

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