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

Updated 10:35 A.M. EDT Thursday

Typical summertime conditions are expected to continue today, with isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms along the seabreeze boundaries. The best chance of rain today will be near the coast in the morning, then spreading inland and increasing over interior areas. Severe weather is not anticipated, but any thunderstorms that develop will be capable of producing dangerous lighting, 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. Heat index values may approach 100 degrees this afternoon in South Florida and the Keys. Winds will generally be from the northeast today at 5-10 mph. Showers and storms should dissipate by midnight, but some showers may linger into the overnight hours along the coast. Clear to partly cloudy skies are expected statewide overnight, with low temperatures in the upper 60s to mid 70s inland across North and Central Florida and upper 70s to low 80s across South Florida. Some low clouds or patchy light fog is possible near sunrise across portions of North Florida and West Central Florida.

A moderate to high risk of rip currents is forecast today for all East Coast beaches due to lingering ocean swells swells and wave heights of 2-4. 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. 9 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 Thursday, Tropical Storm Jose was located about 150 miles southeast of Nantucket, Massachusetts with maximum winds near 60 mph. Additional weakening is expected due to cooler ocean temperatures and increased wind shear and should become post-tropical on Friday while meandering slowly off the coast of New England. At 8am EDT Thursday, the center of Hurricane Maria was located 60 miles north of the northeastern coast of the Dominican Republic, or about 835 miles southeast of Miami, Florida. Maximum sustained winds are now near 115 mph, making it a Category 3 on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Maria is moving towards the northwest near 9 mph, and this motion should continue today, followed by a turn to the north-northwest and north as it approaches the southeastern Bahamas. Increased waves from Maria are expected to reach the Florida East Coast beginning on Saturday. Elsewhere, showers and thunderstorms associated with the remnants of Lee only have a 10% chance of reforming into a tropical cyclone due to unfavorable conditions. For the latest information on the tropics, please visit hurricanes.gov.

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