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Remnants of Erika will create the potential for heavy rainfall in Central Florida today... Flood Watch is in Effect until through this Evening for Central Florida...River Flooding Remains a Concern in Northeast and West Central Florida... High Risk of Rip Currents for Northwest Florida Beaches... Moderate Risk of Rip Currents for Florida East Coast... Hurricane Fred Strengthens in the Eastern Atlantic Overnight...Updated 9:20 am EDT Monday
Today will be a transitional day back to a typical summertime pattern for Florida, but scattered to locally numerous showers and thunderstorms will continue across the Peninsula today as the remnants of former Tropical Storm Erika moves northeast through the state. The overall threat for severe weather is low today, but there remains a heavy rain threat across portions of North and Central Florida where a Flood Watch remains in effect today. Otherwise, expect partly to mostly cloudy skies with highs in the upper 80s. Rain should decrease this evening over inland locations, with lingering showers possible along the coast overnight.
For Northwest Florida, much drier air will be present with partly cloudy skies and highs in the low 90s. There may be a few showers later today, though with the lack of moisture any rain should remain light and short-lived.
After recent heavy rainfall and already saturated soils, many West Central Florida and Northeast Florida rivers are rising. Many of these rivers are expected to crest on Tuesday or Wednesday. Currently, the lower Peace River at Arcadia, Horse Creek at Arcadia and Myakka River at the Myakka State Park are forecast to crest in moderate flood stage. You can find the latest river gage readings and river forecasts at the Southeast River Forecast Centerís website here.
Westerly winds will create a moderate risk of rip currents from Escambia to Okaloosa county and a high risk of rip currents from Walton to Franklin county in the Florida Panhandle. A moderate risk of rip currentsis forecast for the rest of the Florida East Coast from Nassau County to Miami-Dade 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.
The remnants of Erika will move northward into Florida today. There is no chance for tropical re-development. Further east, Fred was upgraded to a Hurricane and is expected to continue moving northwest in the eastern Atlantic. Otherwise, no additional tropical activity is expected over the next five days. For more information on the tropics please visit the National Hurricane Center website here.
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