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...Mostly to Partly Sunny Skies Across North and Central Florida...Increased Rain chances for the Florida Keys and Southern Peninsula...Tropical Depression 9 forms in the Bay of Campeche...

Updated 10:00 AM EDT Wednesday

A strong cold front over Central Florida has ushered in much drier and cooler air to North Florida and will keep rain chances at bay across North Central Florida today. Temperatures will be slightly cooler in the upper 70s to low 80s in North Florida, with mid 80s forecast across the Peninsula.

This same front will push southward during the day keeping the deepest moisture from lake Okeechobee southward. Increased southerly flow sending moisture northward from the Yucatan Peninsula will combine with this front to create scattered to numerous showers and storms today. Rain chances are forecast between 40 and 70% across southern portions of central Florida southward increasing to 80% across the Florida Keys where scattered showers and storms are already developing this morning. Some storms could be slow movers today and train over the same areas creating flooding issues and flash flooding in urban areas. Residents across South Florida are asked to monitor road conditions and always use an alternate route if a roadway becomes flooded. In addition to the increased risk for flooding, some storms today could become strong with frequent lightning, gusty winds, and the chance for isolated waterspouts.

A general low risk of rip currents is forecast statewide today. Heed the advice of ocean rescue personnel and only enter the surf near a lifeguard. There will be a low risk of rip currents for the rest of the Atlantic and Gulf Coast beaches. For more information on rip currents click here.

The center of Tropical Depression 9 is located over the warm waters of the Bay of Campeche about 120 miles west-southwest of Campeche Mexico, which is about 895 miles to the southwest of Miami, Florida. Forecast models take the system near the coast of the Mexican State of Campeche later today or tonight and across the Yucatan into the northwestern Caribbean Sea by the end of the week. The depression remains poorly organized, however, the depression could become a tropical storm today as wind shear is forecast to decrease. Later this week, when entering the Caribbean, it will interact with increased wind shear which will likely weaken the storm. Although Florida is not in the 5-Day Cone of Error, increased rainfall is forecast to fall across South Florida today through Saturday as the system sends tropical moisture northward into the southern Florida Peninsula increasing rain chances (and the potential for isolated strong storms), with the heaviest rainfall forecast to occur on today and tomorrow. An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft is scheduled to investigate the depression later this morning to check its intensity.

A large non-tropical  low pressure system, designated as invest 92L,  is located over the northeastern Atlantic a few hundred miles south of the western Azores Islands. This system continues to produce showers and gale force winds. Although the system has become a little better organized, by Thursday environmental conditions are forecast to become less conducive as the low moves slowly westward toward a region with higher wind shear. Thus, the NHC only forecasts a 10% chance of this system developing within the next 48 hours and 5 days. here.

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Joint Information Center Update on Preparedness

~Officials with the CDC Hold Conference Call with Florida’s
Hospital Executives~

October 21, 2014 - Yesterday officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) held a statewide call with Florida’s hospital executives in response to Governor Rick Scott’s request for the CDC to share lessons learned for Ebola preparedness. The call provided guidance to hospitals on the proper use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), effective clinical strategies for safety in hospitals, and appropriate management of Ebola medical waste.

The new CDC guidance emphasizes full coverage of skin, oversight by a trained site manager and limiting the number of employees in Ebola care areas. According to CDC officials on the Florida call, the guidelines suggest the use of an observer for donning and doffing PPE in a designated area adjacent to the patient’s room.

10/21/14 - Joint Information Center Update

Joint Information Center Update

~Governor Rick Scott: Florida National Guard Rapid Response Teams will further prepare for Ebola~

October 20, 2014, After meeting with Major General Emmett Titshaw today, Governor Scott announced that the Florida National Guard is currently establishing two Rapid Response Teams to further enhance Florida’s Ebola preparedness efforts. Each National Guard Rapid Response team of 16 will include doctors, nurses and equipment personnel. These two teams are undergoing intensive training and will be ready by the end of the October to assist healthcare workers, if they are ever needed to supplement a hospital’s existing personnel. 

Governor Scott said, “Today, I met with General Titshaw on the Florida National Guard’s preparedness efforts – in the event we ever have a case of Ebola in Florida. While our first responders and healthcare workers are the front line of care in the event of an Ebola case, our Florida National Guard is currently establishing two Rapid Response teams that can manage Ebola cases and provide support to hospitals, if needed.

10/20/14 - Joint Information Center Update

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