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...Showers And Thunderstorms Forecast for Much of the State Today...Some Storms May Reach Severe Levels...Moderate Risk of Rip Currents For some Atlantic Coast Beaches...Updated 8:45 am EDT Wednesday
An area of deep tropical moisture, currently off the east coast of Florida, is responsible for the early morning showers along Atlantic coastal counties. As this system pulls away from Florida, showers and storms are forecast to slowly dwindle during the morning hours with a few peaks of sunshine possible late this morning through the afternoon. This will allow sufficient daytime heating to redevelop scattered showers and storms along seabreeze boundaries near the coast by the early afternoon hours. Showers and storms are then forecast to move inland becoming more numerous. This second round of rain will keep rain chances elevated in the 40% to 80% range across the Peninsula.
In the Panhandle, afternoon showers and storms are also forecast to develop along seabreeze boundaries and move inland from the coast. This will keep rain chances elevated today with a 20% chance forecast in western portions increasing to a 50% chance across the Big Bend.
The main threat associated with storms today will be frequent lightning, gusty winds of 40 to 50 mph, and heavy downpours that could cause isolated flooding in low lying areas. The chance for an isolated waterspout is also possible along coastal locations of South Florida.
Overnight, the strongest showers and storms are forecast to come to an end shortly after sunset across inland portions of the Panhandle and Peninsula. However, isolated showers could persist till the early morning hours particularly along coastal locations statewide and across the Southern Peninsula and Florida Keys.
Breezy winds near the coast and increased wave heights will create a moderate risk of rip currents in East Central Florida from Volusia to Martin county. Elsewhere a low risk of rip currents is forecast. Beach goers are urged to check with local beach patrol or beach warning flags for the latest surf conditions before entering the water. Always swim within sight of a lifeguard. For more information on rip currents click here.
According to the National Hurricane Centerís Tropical Weather Outlook no tropical activity is expected over the next 5 days. For more information on the tropics please visit the National Hurricane Center website here.
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