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Widespread Showers and Storms Expected Across the Florida Peninsula...Partly to Mostly Cloudy Skies in the Panhandle with Isolated to Scattered Showers And Storms...High Risk of Rip Currents For All East Coast Beaches...Moderate Risk Of Rip Currents for All Panhandle Beaches...T.D. Nine Expected to Turn Toward Florida Later This Week as a Tropical Storm...No Other Immediate Threats to Florida in the Tropics...

Updated 6:00 P.M. EDT Tuesday

Tropical Depression Nine is currently in the south central Gulf of Mexico and is expected to impact Florida on Thursday as a tropical storm. Today, showers and thunderstorms associated with the outer periphery of the system and from typical daytime sea breeze storms will likely bring periods of heavy rainfall along the entire Florida Peninsula. While no severe weather is expected, some storms will produce heavy downpours, damaging 60+ mph winds, small hail and frequent lightning. Between 5-10 inches of rain is forecast for the entire Peninsula through Friday, with some isolated areas possibly receiving up to 10 inches of rain. Flooding will be a concern in low lying and urban areas. Heaviest rain today is expected to occur in the afternoon and last through the evening hours. T.D. 9 is forecast to become a tropical storm today. While the main impacts from the storm will not be felt till Wednesday, strong life threatening rip currents are already occurring along Florida’s east coast, and will likely spread to the Panhandle and Gulf Coast as the storm approaches.

Showers and thunderstorms are likely to continue along the coast overnight. Otherwise, expect mostly cloudy skies in the Peninsula and partly cloudy skies in the Panhandle. Winds will be breezy around 10-15 mph statewide. Temperatures will be in upper 80s to low 90s statewide today, and in the mid 70s overnight.

Windy conditions and big ocean swells will lead to a high risk of rip currents along the entire Florida East Coast. Also, there is a moderate risk of rip currents along all Panhandle beaches. There is a low risk of rip currents at all other Florida beaches today. Rip currents can still occur on low risk days. Beach goers are urged to check with local beach rescue for the latest surf conditions and to always swim within sight of a lifeguard.

Tropical Depression Nine is currently located 345 miles west of Key West, and is moving toward the northwest at 5 mph. A turn toward the north-northwest is expected overnight, followed by a turn toward the north-northeast on Wednesday. It is likely to strengthen into a tropical storm overnight or early Wednesday, and is forecast to make landfall on the eastern Big Bend late Thursday. Hurricane Watches have been issued from Franklin County to Pasco County, and Tropical Storm Watches have been issued from Bay County to Pasco County, including Liberty, Gadsden, Leon, Madison, and Lafayette counties. Storm total rainfall amounts of 5 to 10 inches are possible over much of the Florida peninsula through Friday morning, and some isolated areas may receive up to 15 inches of rain. Storm surge between 2 to 4 feet is possible in the watch areas. Elsewhere, Tropical Depression 8 is now moving away from the North Carolina coastline, and Hurricane Gaston continues to move away from land in the Central Atlantic Ocean. For more information from the National Hurricane Center, click here.


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Governor Scott: As Tropical Storm Hermine Approaches Florida, Residents Must Be Prepared

Tropical Storm Hermine

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) upgraded Tropical Depression 9 to Tropical Storm Hermine. Governor Rick Scott today signed an additional executive order that expands the state of emergency to include nine new counties.  This is in addition to the 42 counties announced earlier today. The new counties include: Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, Washington, Manatee, Osceola and Sarasota.  The Florida Division of Emergency Management continues to actively monitor Tropical Storm Hermine and urges everyone in Florida to remain vigilant and take all necessary precautions as it moves toward the Gulf Coast. The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) remains activated to Level 2. To view Executive Order 16-206, click HERE.

Governor Scott said, “We are in constant communication with local communities and we stand ready to respond to any impacts, especially as we anticipate that the storm could become a hurricane before it reaches landfall tomorrow.  As we brace for this storm to impact Florida, I will be at the SEOC in Tallahassee tomorrow to continue to closely monitor it.

"At this time, we expect storm surge of upwards of six feet in some parts of our state.  We also anticipate total rainfall amounts of five to 10 inches of over portions of Northwest Florida and isolated tornadoes. I have spent the day traveling the state reminding Floridians of the importance of being prepared for bad weather.  Now that Tropical Storm Hermine is approaching our state, it is even more important for all Floridians to get a plan and prepare for severe weather.  If you don’t have a plan, please visit FLGetAPlan.com. We will provide regular updates on this storm and the state’s preparedness efforts."

On Thursday, Governor Scott will monitor Tropical Strom Hermine from the State Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee. Governor Scott will participate in a weather briefing call with the National Hurricane Center at 11:15 a.m. Immediately following this call, Governor Scott will provide an update to press at the SEOC.

Governor Scott: As Tropical Storm Hermine Approaches Florida, Residents Must Be Prepared

Governor Scott Declares a State of Emergency in Florida in Preparation for Tropical Depression Nine

Tropical Depression NineGovernor Rick Scott issued Executive Order 16-205 declaring a state of emergency in 42 counties within the state of Florida in preparation for Tropical Depression Nine. To view Executive Order 16-205, click HERE.

Governor Scott said, “Last night, hurricane and tropical storm watches were issued along Florida’s Gulf Coast from Pasco County to Gulf County. We also learned that the National Hurricane Center expects Tropical Depression Nine to become a Tropical Storm sometime today. It is crucial that every Floridian has a plan in place to ensure their families, homes and businesses are fully prepared. Floridians can make their own plan at FLGetaPlan.com. I have been closely monitoring this storm’s development and our emergency management officials have been working hard to make sure we are ready to respond to any potential impacts. By declaring a state of emergency in advance of this storm, we are ensuring that state, regional and local agencies can work together to meet the needs of our communities. We will continue to do all we can to keep our families and visitors safe and informed as this storm approaches our state.”

Governor Scott Declares a State of Emergency in Florida in Preparation for Tropical Depression Nine

Gov. Scott to Visit Tampa in Preparation for Tropical Depression

After speaking with the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) regarding Tropical Depression 9, Governor Rick Scott will be visiting Tampa’s Emergency Operations Center to be briefed on the storm’s potential impacts to the area. This morning, the State Emergency Operations Center elevated its status to Level Two in preparation for potential impacts from Tropical Depression 9. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is forecasting the storm to enter the Big Bend, Nature Coast and the Tampa Bay areas within the next 48 hours.  The NHC expects the storm to strengthen to a tropical storm today. The system will have the potential to produce widespread coastal and inland flooding, storm surge and gusty winds along the Florida Gulf Coast.  In addition, a strong threat of rip currents exists along Atlantic and Gulf Coast beaches and the risk may remain into the weekend. A media availability with Governor Scott on the storm’s potential impact will be at 5:00pm tonight at the Hillsborough County Emergency Operations Center, 2711 E. Hanna Ave. Tampa, FL 33610.

Governor Scott said, “Later today I will be at the Emergency Operations Center in Tampa to continue to monitor the storm since this area might have tropical storm impacts beginning Thursday. Florida families on the Gulf Coast and in the Tampa Bay Area need to prepare for five to ten inches of heavy rainfall as well as potential tornados. Floridians should always remember to never drive on flooded roadways, seek shelter in the event of severe weather and always have a plan in place to keep your family safe. We must also dump standing water around homes and businesses to eliminate breeding grounds for mosquitoes since we are aggressively fighting the Zika virus in our state. We will continue to keep all Floridians updated as we get new information.”

FDEM Director Bryan Koon said, “Whether this is your first tropical storm or you’re a seasoned veteran of past hurricanes, you need to take this storm seriously and be prepared for the very real threats it could produce. Make sure your disaster supply kit is fully stocked and you have a safety plan for yourself, your family and for your workplace or business.”

Potential impacts include:

  • Rainfall totals of 5 to 10 inches are possible over the Florida Peninsula through Thursday. 
  • Strong, life-threatening rip currents and other coastal hazards are possible along all East Coast and Gulf Coast beaches throughout week.
  • Specific Florida Gulf Coast impacts associated with Tropical Depression 9 could include damaging winds, storm surge, flooding and tornadoes. 
  • Gulf Coast impacts to Florida will likely begin Wednesday night and last through Friday.
  • Tropical storm watches for Florida may be issued later this afternoon.
  • Hurricane Gaston and Tropical Depression 8 do not pose a threat to Florida.

If severe weather is forecast in your area, be sure to follow these important safety tips:

  • Ensure your NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio is on and programmed for your area or stay tuned to a trusted local media outlet for the most current weather situation. Ensure your disaster supply kit is prepared and heed all instructions from local officials.
  • Know what you would do in the event of a severe thunderstorm or tornado watch or warning. If a tornado warning is issued for your area, seek shelter immediately in an interior room, away from windows.
  • NEVER drive through flooded roadways as road beds may be washed out under flood waters, and just one foot of fast-moving flood water can move most cars off the road.
  • If thunder roars, go indoors. If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning and should seek shelter.

If flooding is likely in your area, you should:

  • If you see a flooded roadway, remember the phrase Turn Around, Don’t Drown and always take your time when traveling.
  • Be aware that flash flooding can occur. If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground. Do not wait for instructions to move.
  • Be aware of stream, drainage channels, canals and other areas known to flood suddenly. Flash floods can occur in these areas with little or no warning.

The SEOC is the operational and logistical coordination headquarters for the State Emergency Response Team and is located in Tallahassee. The SEOC has three activation levels, with Level 1 being the highest:

  • Level 3: Normal daily active monitoring
  • Level 2: Activation of mission-specific emergency support and planning functions
  • Level 1: Full activation of all emergency support functions

For more information on severe weather resources, or to create an emergency plan for your family, please visit FLGetAPlan.com.

Gov. Scott to Visit Tampa Today in Preparation for Tropical Depression

Notice of Public Meeting

~Invitation to Bid #ITB-DEM-16-17-015
FDEM Hurricane Season Preparedness and Media Buy~

The Division of Emergency Management announces a public meeting to which all persons are invited.

Date and Time: September 2, 2016 at 2:30 pm
Place: William E. Sadowski Office Building
2555 Shumard Oak Blvd.
Tallahassee, FL 32399

General Subject Matter to be considered: In accordance with the timeframe set forth in section 120.525, Florida Statutes, a Public Opening is hereby noticed within the timeline for the Invitation to bid (ITB-DEM-16-17-015) for FDEM Hurricane Season Preparedness and Media Buy.

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