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...Isolated to Scattered Showers and Storms for Most of Florida Today...Flash Flood Watch in Effect Through Late Tonight for Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties...High Rip Current Risk for Western Panhandle Beaches...Moderate Risk for Rip Currents for Other Panhandle and All East Coast Beaches...No New Tropical Cyclone Activity Expected For Next Five Days...

Updated 9:50 A.M. EDT Saturday

Thunderstorm Icon An approaching cold front and the various sea breezes will each provide a trigger for shower and thunderstorm development in Florida today. The cold front is expected to slowly push south toward North Florida, leading to scattered showers and thunderstorms as far east as the Big Bend. There is plentiful moisture ahead of the front, and some storms in the Panhandle may contain heavy downpours as a result. With recent rainfall associated with Tropical Storm Cindy leaving grounds saturated, a Flash Flood Watch is in effect for Escambia and Santa Rosa counties through late tonight as an additional 2 to 3 inches of rainfall is possible today and could lead to isolated flash flooding, particularly of low-lying or flood-prone areas. In the Peninsula, isolated to scattered afternoon and evening showers and storms are expected this afternoon and evening as the sea breezes push inland and daytime heating is at maximum. Highs today will range from the mid 80s to lower 90s with interior portions of the Peninsula expected to see the warmest temperatures. Heat index values around 100 degrees are expected this afternoon in parts of the Peninsula. Rain chances are expected to diminish overnight throughout the state, but isolated showers and storms may linger into the late evening hours, and even into the early morning hours in the Panhandle. Patchy fog may develop in parts of North Florida early Sunday morning. Lows tonight will be in the mid 70s in North and Central Florida and in the upper 70s to near 80 in South Florida.

A high risk for rip currents is forecast for Panhandle beaches in Escambia, Santa Rosa, and Okaloosa counties due to southwesterly winds around 10 mph and wave heights up to 3 feet. A moderate risk for rip currents is forecast for all East Coast beaches due to an east swell and for all other Panhandle beaches. A low risk for rip currents is forecast for all other Gulf beaches.

There are a couple tropical waves in the Atlantic basin, including an impressive-looking one coming off of Africa today, but tropical cyclone development is not expected over the next five days. For more information on the tropics, please visit the National Hurricane Center website at hurricanes.gov.

There is no fire threat in Florida today as soils remain wet and relative humidity remains high. As a reminder, fire season is not yet over. Only one county which does not have a year-round burn ban, Charlotte, continues to have a burn ban in place.


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SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available in Florida Following Secretary of Agriculture Disaster Declaration for Drought

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today that federal Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and private nonprofit organizations located in Florida as a result of the drought that began on April 11, 2017.

This disaster declaration includes the following counties: Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sumter in Florida.

Under this declaration, the SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is available to eligible farm-related and nonfarm-related entities that suffered financial losses as a direct result of this disaster. With the exception of aquaculture enterprises, SBA cannot provide disaster loans to agricultural producers, farmers, or ranchers. Nurseries are eligible to apply for economic injury disaster loans for losses caused by drought conditions.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA's secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA's Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Loan applications can be downloaded from the SBA's website at www.sba.gov/disaster. Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

Completed loan applications must be returned to SBA no later than Feb. 7, 2018.

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available in Florida Following Secretary of Agriculture Disaster Declaration for Drought

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