Current Situation from FloridaDisaster.org

Scattered Showers and Storms Expected Across Central and South Florida Again Today...Sunny, Cool and Dry Across North Florida...Moderate Risk of Rip Currents for Some Panhandle Beaches...Hurricane Matthew Getting Stronger in the Caribbean Sea but Still 5 Days Away from Moving Into the Bahamas...

Updated 9:00 A.M. EDT Friday

A strong cold front will continue to move south into the central Florida Peninsula today. While clear, cool and dry conditions are expected today for much of North Florida, scattered showers and a few thunderstorms are expected both today and tonight across Central and South Florida ahead of the front. No widespread severe weather is expected, but any thunderstorms will be capable of producing dangerous lightning, gusty winds and heavy rainfall. Most of the rain should taper off after midnight and be confined to coastal areas early Saturday morning.

Temperatures will be comfortably cool across Northwest Florida in the low to mid 80s, but warmer temperatures in the upper 80s to low 90s will continue across the Peninsula today. Tonight, the cooler air will push further southeast and low temperatures will dip down into the upper 50s to mid 60s across North Florida, with lows in the upper 60s to mid 70s expected across Central Florida. Mild lows in the upper 70s will continue across South Florida.

A moderate risk of rip currents is possible along portions of the Panhandle coast today. All other Florida beaches are expected to have a low risk 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.

At 8am EDT Friday, Hurricane Matthew was located 355 miles south-southeast of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, or approximately 1,050 miles southeast of Miami, Florida, and moving west-southwest at 14 mph. A turn toward the west is expected later today, and this westward motion with a decrease in forward speed are forecast through Saturday. A turn toward the northwest is expected Saturday night or Sunday. Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 105 mph, a Category 2 on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Additional strengthening is forecast and Matthew could become a major hurricane later today or tonight. Florida is currently outside of the 5 day track error cone, but portions of South Florida have a 5-10% chance of receiving tropical storm force winds within the next 5 days. For more information from the National Hurricane Center, click here.

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