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FLASH FLOOD WATCH for Portions of the Panhandle and Big Bend... FLOOD WATCH for Portions of the Suwannee Valley and Nature Coast... Widespread Heavy Rainfall Forecast for Today and into Tonight... Widespread Totals of up to 4 Inches Possible... Even Higher Amounts Expected in Isolated Areas...

Updated 9:40 am EDT Saturday

A stationary front draped across parts of North Florida and Southwest Georgia is bringing the potential for widespread heavy rain over the next several days. Strong southwesterly flow to the south of this front is helping to usher in very moist air over the Big Bend, Nature Coast, and Suwannee Valley, making these areas the main focus for heavy rain and potential flooding. Between 1 to 4 inches of widespread rainfall is forecast for these areas, with locally higher amounts of between 6 and 9 inches possible. Due to this, a number of Flash Flood and Flood Watches have been issued. The National Weather Service (NWS) in Tallahassee has issued a Flash Flood Watch for Bay, Gulf, Calhoun, Gadsden, Liberty, Franklin, Wakulla, Leon, Jefferson, Madison, Taylor, Lafayette, and Dixie counties until Sunday morning. The NWS in Jacksonville has issued a Flood Watch for Hamilton, Suwannee, Columbia, Gilchrist, Alachua, and Marion counties until Sunday morning. The NWS in Tampa has issued a Flood Watch for Levy, Citrus, and Hernando counties until Sunday evening. As of 8:45AM, a Flood Warning has already been issued for Gilchrist County until 11:45AM.

Widespread totals of up to an inch are forecast for the remainder of the state, with locally higher amounts possible. Please report any flooding to local law enforcement. Some of these storms may become strong to severe, with the greatest threats being gusty winds, frequent lightning, and flooding.

Due to heavy rain and cloud cover in the forecast, highs today are forecast in the mid 80s to low 90s, with heat indices generally below 100.

Two rivers and a creek in West Central Florida are currently in minor flood stage. You can find the latest river gage readings and river forecasts at the Southeast River Forecast Centerís website here.

Breezy onshore winds throughout the day and wave heights around 3 feet will cause a high risk of rip currents for West Coast beaches from Pinellas to Lee County. There is a moderate risk of rip currents for East Coast beaches from Volusia to Martin County and along the Panhandle from Bay to Franklin County. A low risk of rip currents is forecast for the rest of the state. 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.

Showers and thunderstorms associated with the tropical wave in the Atlantic have been diminishing, and conditions around the wave do not look favorable for development. The National Hurricane Center is giving this wave a 0% chance of development over the next 48 hours and a 0% chance of development over the next 5 days. For more information on the tropics please visit the National Hurricane Center website here.

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