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Scattered Showers And Storms Expected Across The State...The Main Threat With The Storms That Do Develop Will Be Frequent Lightning, Gusty Winds, Ponding In Poorly Drained Areas, And Localized Street Flooding especially across the Panhandle today...Moderate Risk for Rip Currents Along The Panhandle Beaches......Updated 10:00 AM EDT Monday
A lingering frontal boundary north of Florida in addition to south southwesterly winds will provide plenty of deep moisture to Northwest Florida today. This will increase rain chances in the Panhandle with widespread rainfall totals near an inch forecast, with isolated higher amounts up to 3 inches possible. Storms will be slow moving today across the Panhandle and this could result in isolated flooding concerns if stronger storms linger in one area for too long.
Elsewhere across the state, high pressure will allow typical summertime thunderstorms to develop at the coast and work their way inland during the afternoon hours. In Central Florida, storms will congregate along the spine of the state where rain chances are slightly higher at 40% and then decrease near the coast to 20%. In South Florida, greater coverage is forecast along the southwestern coast with a 40% to 50% chance decreasing eastward to 20% along the southeast Florida coast.
Showers and storms across Central and South Florida should fizzle out by 9 pm and push offshore during the overnight hours. While a few showers and storms may linger into the early morning hours across North Florida as the front provides the instability needed to keep showers and storms around a little longer. In addition, lingering moisture near the surface and light winds may allow for patchy fog to form across North Florida and visibilities may drop between 2 to 5 miles in some low lying rural locations. Thus drivers are asked to exercise caution if visibilities briefly drop. Remember to use low-beam headlights and leave plenty of space between your vehicle and the one in front of you.
Increased wave heights and swells produced by onshore winds, stormy weather, and remnants of a tropical disturbance in the West Central Gulf will elevate the rip current risk to high levels across the Panhandletoday and a rip current statement is in effect from Walton to Franklin County. Across Southeast Florida onshore winds will create a moderate risk of rip currents. Elsewhere across the state a general low risk of rip currents is forecast today. However, rip currents may still form near piers and jetties and also during outgoing tidal cycles on low risk days. Thus residents are encouraged to always check beach flags before entering the water. For more infomation on rip currents click here.
For the latest information on the tropics, visit the national hurricane center webpage here. Yesterday, Hurricane Edouard became the fourth hurricane of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season. This morning, Edouard has winds of 105 mph (category 2) and is moving off to the northwest at 15 mph. A turn toward the north is forecast on Tuesday, followed by a turn toward the north-northeast Tuesday night. Some additional strengthening is possible over the next 48 hours, and Edouard could become a major hurricane tonight. Along the forecast track, Edouard remains out at sea, not impacting Florida or the United States.
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