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High Rain Chances Statewide Today...Some Storms Could Become Severe...Heavy Rainfall With Minor Flooding Possible...High Risk of Rip Currents Across The Panhandle Coast...Tropical Depression #2 Is Forecast To Weaken Over The Next 2 To 3 Days...Updated 9:20 AM EDT Tuesday
Another day of high rain chances are forecast across the state today. Across North Florida, a stationary front located just north of the state border combined with an upper level disturbance of low pressure will result in increasing cloudiness and a 30-50% chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms developing over the coastal waters and spreading inland during the afternoon and evening. Further south over Central and South Florida, plenty of moisture and morning sunshine will allow showers and storms to develop along the east and west coast seabreeze, first impacting the coastal counties in the late morning to early afternoon then spreading inland during the afternoon hours as the seabreezes collide near the Florida Turnpike.
Some storms today could become strong or severe, especially along the Peninsula, and could contain frequent cloud-to-ground lightning strikes, gusty winds, small hail and isolated waterspouts near the coast. In addition, some storms could produce heavy rainfall that could result in flooding of low-lying and poor drainage areas, as well as ponding of water on roadways.
Coverage and intensity of storms should decrease during the evening hours and most should dissipate by midnight, but a 20-40% chance of lingering showers and storms are forecast overnight across coastal portions of North Florida as well as over the coastal waters along the Peninsula. In addition, some patchy fog may develop overnight across portions of North and Central Florida.
At the coast, onshore winds and disturbed weather across the Panhandle will increase the rip current risk to moderate to high levels across the Panhandle today and a Rip Current Statement has been issued for coastal portions of the Panhandle extending from Walton county eastward through Gulf county, where the strongest surf is forecast. In addition, a moderate risk for rip currents is in effect along the Northeast and East Central Florida coast. The remaining Florida beaches will enjoy a low risk of rip currents. Dangerous rip currents, however, can still occur near piers and jetties, especially during low tide. For more information about rip current safety, visit here.
As of 5am Tuesday, Tropical Depression #2 was located in the Central Atlantic Ocean approximately 2385 miles southeast of Miami, FL, with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph. T.D. #2 is moving toward the west at 16 mph is forecast to continue in this direction over the next couple of days, reaching the Leeward Island and the eastern Caribbean sea on Thursday. Strong wind shear and dry air will make it very difficult for this system to gain strength and organization, and the depression is forecast to degenerate into a weak area of low pressure in two to three days. It is too early to tell exactly what impacts T.D. #2 will have on Florida. The next name on the Atlantic hurricane Season list of names is Bertha. For more information on this Storm and the tropics click here.
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