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...Mostly Dry Today, Only a Shower or Storm in the Panhandle and South Florida...Significant and Extensive River Flooding Across the Peninsula and Northeast Florida Continues...Moderate to High Rip Current Risk for All East Coast Beaches...Two Tropical Systems in the Atlantic- Jose & Maria...Updated 9:35 A.M. EDT Tuesday
Dry air remains in place at the mid-levels again today which will limit coverage this afternoon of showers and thunderstorms. Much like yesterday, some showers and isolated thunderstorms are impacting parts of the East Coast this morning, and that activity is expected to spread across the southern Peninsula through this afternoon. A few thunderstorms may develop in the Panhandle this afternoon associated with the sea breeze moving inland. Otherwise, skies will be mostly sunny to partly cloudy with high temperatures this afternoon near normal in the upper 80s to low 90s. Rainfall amounts will be light and severe weather is not anticipated. The Heat Index may approach 100 degrees this afternoon in South Florida and the Keys. Winds will generally be from the north and northeast today at 5-10 mph. Any thunderstorms in the Panhandle will dissipate a couple of hours after sunset, but some showers may linger into the overnight hours in South Florida along the Treasure Coast. Clear to partly cloudy skies are otherwise expected statewide overnight. Lows will be in the upper 60s to low 70s inland, and the mid-70s along the coast.
A moderate to high risk of rip currents is forecast today for all East Coast beaches due to lingering swells from Hurricane Jose. A low risk of rip currents is forecast today at all other Florida beaches.
Minor to major river flooding is ongoing throughout the Peninsula. There is a Coastal Flood Advisory in effect for the St. Johns River and its tributaries, indicating that tides will continue to be above normal. 12 different rivers and creeks remain under River Flood Warnings. It will be some time before most river levels return to normal. For more information on specific river stages, please visit the Southeast River Forecast Center here.
At 8am EDT Tuesday, Hurricane Jose was located about 235 miles east-northeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Jose remains a Category 1 hurricane, but gradual weakening is expected over the next few days as it moves north today and then to the northeast later tonight. Hurricane Jose does not pose a direct threat to Florida, but lingering waves and ocean swells from Jose will keep the rip current risk at high levels along much of the Florida East Coast. At 8am EDT Tuesday, Hurricane Maria was located in the far eastern Caribbean Sea as a Category 5 hurricane. Maria is forecast to remain an extremely dangerous category 4 or 5 hurricane while it approaches the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico today and tomorrow. Florida is outside of the 5 day cone of error for Hurricane Maria but should continue to be closely monitored. At 11pm EDT Monday, Tropical Depression Lee degenerated into a remnant low. There is only a 20% chance of redevelopment as it moves northward in the open central Atlantic. For the latest information on the tropics, please visit hurricanes.gov.
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