Current Situation from FloridaDisaster.org

Isolated to Scattered Showers and Thunderstorms Forecast for Most of the State Today...Moderate Risk of Rip Currents for the Panhandle and East Central Florida...

Updated 8:45 AM EDT Friday

Fog currently draped across much of North Florida should continue to dissipate throughout the morning and may return to the Panhandle overnight tonight. Isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms are forecast to pop up with the seabreeze pretty much statewide this afternoon, with slightly higher potential across the Peninsula. Severe weather is not expected today, however a few storms may still contain frequent lightning, gusty winds, and locally heavy rainfall. Morning cloud cover over the northern half of the state should gradually break up, revealing partly cloudy skies statewide by this afternoon.

High temperatures today are forecast to range from the upper 70s across the Florida Keys to the low 90s across inland Central Florida and North Florida. Some locations may break 90 today for the first time this year. Relative humidity values are only in the 40% to 50% range for today, which will keep the heat index from feeling too much warmer than the actual temperature. With summer-like temperatures beginning to creep into the forecast, please remember to stay hydrated and wear light, loose-fitting clothing when working outside. Seek immediate medical attention if a heat-related illness is suspected. Low temperatures overnight are forecast to range from the mid 60s to the mid 70s.

A moderate risk of rip currents is forecast today for the Panhandle and Big Bend from Walton County to Franklin County and for the East Central Florida Coast from Volusia County to Martin County. A low risk of rip currents is expected for all other beaches in Florida 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.

Florida's ESF-18 is committed to engaging the private sector in disaster response.

Emergency Support Function (ESF) 18 was developed as part of the State Emergency Response Team (SERT) to integrate disaster response with private sector organizations. ESF-18 coordinates local, state, and federal agency actions that provide immediate and short-term assistance for the needs of business, industry, and economic stabilization. Further, ESF-18 works with business and industry to identify available resources to meet the needs of the state and its citizens.

Working together to ensure that Florida is prepared to respond to emergencies, recover from them, and mitigate against their impacts.

Mission of SERT and the Florida Division of Emergency Management