Current Situation from FloridaDisaster.org

...Scattered Showers and Thunderstorms Today in South Florida and the Panhandle...Significant and Extensive River Flooding Across the Peninsula Continues...High Rip Current Risk for All East Coast Beaches...

Updated 9:05 A.M. EDT Monday

Moisture remains in place across the state which will result in another round of showers and thunderstorms today. The best chance of rainfall will once again be across interior South Florida and the Panhandle (30-50% chance). In the Big Bend and Central Florida, showers and thunderstorms will be more isolated (10-20% chance). Northeast Florida is likely to remain dry today.

Widespread severe weather is not anticipated, but thunderstorms that develop will be capable of producing dangerous lightning, gusty winds to 50mph, and brief heavy downpours.

Otherwise, skies will be mostly sunny to partly cloudy with high temperatures this afternoon near normal in the upper 80s to low 90s. The Heat Index will be in the upper 90s to near 100 across inland South Florida and the Keys this afternoon.

Partly to mostly cloudy skies are expected statewide overnight, with a few lingering showers and storms near the coast. Low temperatures will be in the upper 60s in North Florida, the low to middle 70s across Central and South Florida, and the low 80s in the Keys. Some low clouds are possible near sunrise across portions of North Florida and West Central Florida.

A high risk of rip currents is forecast today for all East Coast beaches due to lingering ocean swells swells and wave heights of 5-10’. A moderate risk of rip currents is forecast for the Panhandle. 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. 6 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 8am EDT Monday, Hurricane Maria was located about 335 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, or about 430 miles east of Jacksonville, Florida. Maximum sustained winds are near 75 mph which makes Maria a minimal Category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Maria is expected to maintain intensity or gradually weaken over the coming days. Maria is presently moving toward the north at 7 mph, and this general motion is expected to continue through tomorrow with a turn to the northeast mid-week. Maria’s forecast motion would keep it well to the east of Florida.

At 5am EDT Monday, Hurricane Lee was located about 910 miles east of Bermuda and was stationary. Maximum sustained winds are near 90 mph with higher gusts and this makes Lee a Category 1. Lee is forecast to maintain strength through the next 48 hours. Lee is expected to make a turn to the west and the north during the middle of the week eventually taking it into the colder waters of the North Atlantic. No additional tropical cyclone activity is expected within the next 5 days.

For the latest information on the tropics, please visit hurricanes.gov.

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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.

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