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...Isolated to Scattered Showers and Thunderstorms in the Panhandle and Big Bend This Afternoon...Another Round of Showers and Thunderstorms in the Panhandle and the Big Bend Overnight...Slight to Marginal Risk of Severe Weather in the Western Panhandle Early Saturday Morning...Partly to Mostly Cloudy Skies Expected in Central and South Florida Today...Moderate Risk of Rip Currents for All Panhandle Beaches...

Updated 9:35 A.M. EST Friday

Patchy fog is possible this morning in parts of Central and South Florida, but any fog should dissipate by mid-morning. A line of showers and thunderstorms that moved through the Panhandle overnight has left only some scattered showers this morning over parts of the northern Peninsula and west Central Florida. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop this afternoon in the Panhandle and the Big Bend before diminishing this evening under otherwise cloudy skies.

Another disturbance is expected to approach Florida overnight, bringing additional showers and thunderstorms and the possibility for severe weather to the western Panhandle overnight. There is a slight risk of severe weather for Escambia and Santa Rosa counties and a marginal risk of severe weather extending east to Walton County as severe thunderstorms with damaging winds, large hail, frequent lightning, and an isolated tornado are possible in those areas overnight, but primarily early Saturday morning. In addition, some thunderstorms may contain heavy rainfall, leading to a possibility of localized flooding of low-lying areas. Isolated to scattered showers and storms will begin to spread eastward into the eastern Panhandle and Northeast Florida early Saturday morning as well.

Elsewhere in Florida, expect partly to mostly cloudy skies and no rainfall through tomorrow morning. Patchy fog along with areas of fog may develop in parts of Central and South Florida early Saturday morning. Highs today will be in the mid 70s in the Panhandle and in the upper 70s to near 80 elsewhere. Overnight lows will be in the upper 50s to lower 60s in interior portions of the Peninsula and in the mid to upper 60s elsewhere in Florida.

There is no fire weather threat in Florida today with relative humidity well above critical levels throughout the state. Glades and Hendry counties currently have burn bans in place.

A moderate risk of rip currents is forecast for all Panhandle beaches due to south to southwest winds between 10 and 15 mph and wave heights of 2 to 3 feet. A low risk of rip currents is expected at all other Florida beaches today. Beach goers are urged to check with local beach rescue for the latest surf conditions and to always swim within sight of a lifeguard.

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State and local emergency management officials are recommending residents and visitors in Florida stay alert as a storm system moves into the area today. This storm system will have the potential to produce frequent lightning strikes, damaging wind gusts and tornadoes. Have a NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio in your home of office to receive warnings from the National Weather and follow all instructions from local officials.

"The Storm Prediction Center has placed much of Florida at high risk of severe storms through this evening," said State Meteorologist Amy Godsey. "Residents, visitors and businesses should monitor this weather system and be prepared to act if warnings are issued. Receiving one alert of an oncoming tornado or severe weather outbreak can save lives."

Tornado watches may be issued throughout the day. Residents and visitors to the state should monitor local media outlets and ensure that their NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio alert settings are turned on. A Tornado Watch means conditions are favorable for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms. A Tornado Warning means a tornado has been reported as sighted, or has appeared on radar in the area. 

If severe weather threatens your area, be sure to follow these important safety tips:

  • Ensure your NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio is on and programmed for your area or stay tuned to a trusted local media outlet for the most current weather situation. 
  • Ensure your disaster supply kit is prepared and heed all instructions from local officials. 
  • Know what you would do in the event of a severe thunderstorm or tornado watch or warning. 
  • If a tornado warning is issued for your area seek shelter immediately in an interior room, away from windows.   
  • If thunder roars, go indoors. If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning and should seek shelter immediately.
  • Be aware that flash flooding can occur. If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground. Do not wait for instructions to move.
  • Be aware of stream, drainage channels, canyons and areas known to flood suddenly. Flash floods can occur in these areas without typical warnings such as rain clouds or heavy rain. 
  • NEVER drive through flooded roadways as road beds may be washed out under flood waters, and just one foot of fast-moving flood water can move most cars off the road. 

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