FLVBEOC

Current Situation from FloridaDisaster.org

...Patchy Dense Fog This Morning...Mostly Sunny to Partly Cloudy Skies Statewide Today...Slight Chance for Showers in the Western Panhandle Early Saturday Morning...Low Fire Weather Threat in the Southern Peninsula...High to Moderate Risk for Rip Currents for Most East Coast Beaches Today...

Updated 9:25 A.M. EST Friday

A Dense Fog Advisory was in effect until 9am CST for Escambia, Santa Rosa, and Okaloosa counties, and patchy fog may be present in other parts North Florida and Central Florida. Any fog should dissipate by mid-morning.

Mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies are otherwise expected throughout Florida today with no chance for rainfall. High temperatures will range from the mid 70s to lower 80s statewide. A cold front will enter the western Panhandle overnight, bringing a slight chance for showers to the region in the early morning hours on Saturday. Clouds will increase through the night in the Panhandle, but the rest of the state should continue to see partly cloudy skies. Patchy fog is expected to develop in parts of the Big Bend and the Peninsula early Saturday morning; the fog could be dense in Northeast and eastern Central Florida. Lows will be in the mid 50s to lower 60s in North and Central Florida and in the mid to upper 60s in South Florida.

There is a low fire weather threat in southern Central and South Florida today due to ongoing drought conditions and near zero rainfall chances. Glades, Hendry, and Okeechobee counties have burn bans in place. For fire safety tips, visit www.firewise.org.

A high risk for rip currents is forecast for Northeast Florida beaches from Nassau County to Flagler County due to breezy northeast winds and wave heights around 4 feet. A moderate risk for rip currents is forecast for all other East Coast beaches, primarily due to a northeast swell. A low risk of rip currents is expected at all other Florida beaches today. Beach goers are urged to check with local beach rescue for the latest surf conditions and to always swim within sight of a lifeguard. If caught in a rip current, do not panic; swim left or right parallel to the shoreline until free from the current, then swim at an angle towards the shore. Remember, “Don’t Fight...Swim Left or Right”.

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

The State’s response effort is initiated through the State Emergency Response Team (SERT), which is comprised of Governor-appointed Emergency Coordination Officers (ECO) from State agencies and volunteer organizations. Emergency Support Function (ESF) 18 Business, Industry, and Economic Stabilization integrates disaster response with private sector organizations. ESF 18 coordinates local, state and federal agency actions that provide immediate and short-term assistance for the private sector. 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