Current Situation from FloridaDisaster.org

***HIGH*** Wildfire Threat Today in Northeast Florida and the Peninsula...Scattered Thunderstorms Statewide Today Bringing Much Needed Rainfall...High Rip Current Risk for Gulf Coast Beaches...Active Weather Pattern Continues Through Mid-week...

Updated 9:30 A.M. EDT Tuesday

Much needed rainfall has continued to fall in parts of Florida. Rainfall totals over the coming days will range from 1-4”, with localized higher amounts possible in the Panhandle and Big Bend. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for Escambia, Santa Rose, and Okaloosa from this afternoon until late Tuesday night as they already saw heavy rainfall in the last 48 hours.

Some thundershowers are ongoing this morning in parts of North Florida. Skies in North Florida will be mostly cloudy today, which tied with the rainfall with result in cooler temperatures in the upper 70s to low 80s. There will be more sunshine in the Florida Peninsula where temperatures will rise into the upper 80s and low 90s. Winds today will be breezy, out of the SW in most locations at 15-25 mph. Higher gusts to 30 mph are possible, especially along the West Coast. Additional shower and thunderstorm development is likely later today, especially across North Florida (60-80% chance) and along the Peninsula (20-40% chance). The northern half of Florida is under a marginal risk (level 1 of 5) of severe thunderstorms by the Storm Prediction Center. Damaging wind gusts greater than 45 mph are the main threat, with small hail and a tornado possible as well.

By late this evening, any thunderstorms activity over the Peninsula is likely to dissipate. Showers and thunderstorms are likely to continue to be ongoing over North Florida, with heavier rainfall moving in after midnight into the Panhandle. Some isolated severe weather is likely to linger into the overnight hours in the Panhandle. The bulk of the thunderstorms will reach the Big Bend around or shortly after sunrise. Lows tonight will be in the 70s statewide. Partly cloudy to mostly clear skies can be expected in the Peninsula. Tomorrow, minor coastal flooding is possible along the Big Bend and minor river flooding is possible in the Western Panhandle. As of the latest forecast, most of the Florida Peninsula and Big Bend are under a slight risk (level 2 of 5) for severe weather tomorrow.

Despite the elevated rain chances in parts of those regions today, a ***HIGH*** fire weather threat is forecast today for Northeast Florida and the Peninsula due to ongoing drought conditions throughout most of those regions, dry soils, and 10-15 mph winds. No red flag warnings are in effect. With rainfall being heavier and more widespread in the Panhandle and Big Bend, the wildfire threat is less there. 42 counties currently have burn bans in place, comprising nearly two-thirds of the counties in the state.

Onshore winds around 15-25 mph will result in a high risk for rip currents for Gulf Coast beaches. This is due to onshore winds, and wave heights from 3-5'. A low risk for rip currents is expected at all other Florida beaches today. Remember, rip currents can still occur on low risk days!

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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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