Current Situation from FloridaDisaster.org

Gradual Clearing of Skies across North Florida Today...Highs Ranging from the Low 70s to the Mid 80s...High to Moderate Risk for Rip Currents at Many Beaches...Hurricane Joaquin Continues to Move Away from the Bermuda and the U.S....

Updated 9:45am EDT Tuesday

High pressure is forecast to build into the northern part of the state as an area of low pressure near the Carolinas advances away from the U.S. This will allow for gradual clearing of skies and areas of drizzle to end in North Florida by the early afternoon. In South Florida, lingering moisture will keep a chance for afternoon showers to develop. Any showers that do form should move from west to east. A lack of instability, will likely keep any thunderstorms from reaching severe limits this afternoon, however, an occasional flash of lightning and rumble of thunder will be possible in the strongest storms today.

Overnight any showers and storms that do form across the southern half of the state should quickly wind down in the early evening. Partly to mostly cloudy conditions are forecast across the state during the overnight hours with low temperatures ranging from the low to mid 60s in North Florida, upper 60s in Central Florida, and low to mid 70s in South Florida.

Several rivers and streams across the state are still in action stage as a result of the heavy rainfall last week, however, all have crested and continue to fall. The St. Johns River at Astor remains in minor flood stage and is forecast to remain in minor flood stage and hover near 3 ft. through the remainder of this week due to increased northerly winds pilling up water along the river. Other northern locations along the St. Johns River in Northeast Florida are expected to rise into action stage or even moderate flood stage at high tide due to onshore flow causing water to back up into the river mouth.

The latest river gage readings and river forecasts are available at the Southeast River Forecast Centerís website here.

A high risk of rip currents is forecast at Atlantic Coast beaches from Nassau County to Miami-Dade County. A moderate risk of rip currents is forecast for Panhandle beaches from Walton to Franklin County. A low risk of rip currents is forecast for the rest of the state. Rip currents can still occur on low risk days. Beach goers are urged to check with local beach patrol or beach warning flags for the latest surf conditions before entering the water. Always swim within sight of a lifeguard. For more information on rip currents click here.

Tropics: As of 5:00 AM EDT, Hurricane Joaquin has maintained its strength and is still a category 1 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph. Joaquin is currently located about 820 miles northeast of Cape Hatteras, N.C. Joaquin is moving northeast at 17 mph and a turn to the east-northeast with a slightly faster forward speed is forecast to occur later today. Additional weakening is forecast over the next 48 hours as Joaquin advances out to sea and is likely to transition into a extra-tropical storm or become post-tropical by Wednesday night. Elsewhere in the Atlantic, an area of low pressure about 850 miles east of the Lesser Antilles is moving west-northwestward and will continue this motion over the next few days. This system has been given a 0% (low) chance of development in the next 48 hours and a 20% (low) chance for development in the next 5 days by the National Hurricane Center as it will move through an area of unfavorable winds over the next few days and pass through a slightly more favorable environment this weekend that could allow for gradual development. It is to early to tell if this low will have any impact to the U.S. or Florida, however, preliminary forecast models keep the system weak and show the possibility for it to recurve out to sea ahead of an advancing frontal system this weekend. The next name on the 2015 hurricane season list is Kate. For more information on the tropics please visit the National Hurricane Center website here.

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