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A Low Pressure System and Lingering Frontal Boundary Will Lead To Mostly Cloudy Skies And Elevated Rain Chances Today and Tonight Across North and Central Florida...Partly Sunny Skies and decreased rain Chances are Forecast Across the Southern Peninsula...There Is A Moderate Risk Of Rip Currents Along Some Panhandle Beaches...

Updated 9:00 AM EST Sunday December 21, 2014

North Florida and Central Florida: A lingering frontal boundary draped across North-central Florida will provide increased rain chances to North and Central Florida today and tonight. In addition, a weak disturbance will move from southwest to northeastward along this frontal boundary late today and overnight providing additional support for increased rain chances across North Central Florida, the Suwannee River Valley, and Northeast Florida where rainfall totals are forecast between 1-1.5 inches through tomorrow morning. Rain chances will remain elevated over the next 24 hours with a 50% to 60% chance forecast across the Panhandle tonight, increasing to a 70% to 100% chance closer to the frontal boundary in the Big Bend, Northeast, and Central Florida.

No severe weather is anticipated with the rain today, however, a few rumbles of thunder are possible for locations closest to the frontal boundary. The primary threat associated with today's showers will be the potential for heavy rainfall. Isolated ponding of water in poor drainage or low lying areas may result late today and during the overnight hours for locations closest to the frontal boundary. This will make for a rainy early morning commute tomorrow.

South-Central & South Florida: Across South-central and South Florida, an increase in drier air and distance from the aforementioned frontal boundary will limit rain chances for today and tonight. South of the I-4 corridor rain chances begin to drop off reaching a 30% chance near Naples and locations near Lake Okeechobee. South of the lake, rain chances drop even further to near zero percent. Despite the lack of rain, cloud cover will be on the rise throughout day and overnight hours across portions of South Florida with a mix of sun and clouds in the forecast.

Temperatures today and tonight will be on the mild side due to the increase in cloud cover. Expect low to mid 60s across North Florida dropping to the low to mid 50s tonight. Across Central and South Florida mid to upper 70s are forecast during the day dropping into the mid 60s to near 70 degrees overnight.

Increased wave heights from a frontal boundary draped across the Gulf and North Florida will create a moderate risk of rip currents across Northeast and East-Central Florida in addition to the Florida Panhandle coast. Elsewhere a general low risk of rip currents is forecast. Beach goers are urged to check with local beach rescue for the latest surf conditions and not to enter the surf above your knees. Always Heed the advice of ocean rescue personnel and swim within sight of a lifeguard. For more information on rip currents click here.

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Madison County Becomes Smallest In the Country To Earn Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) Certification

Madison County Emergency Management earned nationally recognized certification through the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP), becoming the seventh Florida county and the smallest county in the country to earn the coveted distinction.

“EMAP offers a common preparedness standard for a community to protect its residents and visitors,” said Director Koon. “Madison County is by far the smallest in the country to earn EMAP accreditation. Their success in meeting the accreditation standards shows that communities of all sizes have the opportunity to participate and gain tremendous benefit from this program.”

The EMAP process evaluates emergency management programs on compliance with requirements in sixteen functional areas, which include: planning; resource management; training; exercises, evaluations, and corrective actions; and communications and warning.

EMAP is the only accreditation process for emergency management programs. 

Madison County Becomes Smallest In the Country To Earn Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) Certification

JIC Update On Preparedness

State Surgeon General: Florida Hospitals Are Prepared For Ebola

~160 Florida Hospitals Have Completed Ebola-Specific Training~

December 10, 2014 - Upon the release of the Center for Disease Control’s list of 36 hospitals the federal government deemed “Ebola Ready,” the Florida Department of Health today reaffirmed that all Florida hospitals are prepared to treat a patient with Ebola. Beginning in October, Florida hospitals were asked by the state to establish mandatory Ebola training programs to protect healthcare professionals. To date, 160 of 210 hospitals from every region of the state have completed this training.

State Surgeon General: Florida Hospitals Are Prepared For Ebola

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