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...Mostly to Partly Sunny Skies Across North and Central Florida...Increased Rain chances for the Florida Keys and Southern Peninsula...Locally Heavy Rain May Produce Minor Flooding...High Rip Current Risk Along Southeast Florida Beaches...Moderate Risk of Rip Currents Along The Remainder Of The Atlantic Beaches & Franklin County In The Big Bend....

Updated 10:00 AM EDT Thursday

Behind the front, high pressure will bring dry conditions and slightly below average temperatures today. High temperatures will be in the mid to upper 70s across North Florida and the low to mid 80s across Central Florida. Another cool night will be in store, with lows in the low to mid 40s across the Panhandle, the mid to upper 40s in Northeast Florida, and will range from the low 50s north to mid 60s south in Central Florida.

South Florida & Florida Keys: An area of low pressure will develop and move along a stationary front into the Florida Straits this afternoon and provide the southern tip of the Peninsula and the Florida Keys with isolated to scattered showers and storms. Heaviest rain and storms should remain south and along the front across the Keys and the Florida Straits. However, there is potential for locally heavy rain over Miami-Dade and southeast Broward Counties. Locally heavy rain may produce minor flooding of low lying and poor drainage locations and also across areas that have seen heavy rainfall recently. As the day progresses, drier air will continue to creep into South Florida behind the front. High temperatures will remain near 80 to the low 80s due to cloud cover and rain in the Keys and in southeast Florida. However portions of southwest Florida will begin to see more sunshine, allowing temperatures to warm up to the mid 80s.

Rain chances will diminish overnight through Saturday morning in South Florida and the Keys as low pressure moves into the northwest Bahamas. Low temperatures will be in the low to mid 70s across South Florida, and the mid to upper 70s in the Keys.

Strong winds and elevated wave heights will cause the rip current risk to rise to high levels today along Southeast Florida beaches. There is also a moderate risk of rip currents along the rest of the Atlantic Coast beaches and in Franklin County. Only experienced swimmers should enter the water. For the remainder of the beaches there is a general low risk of rip currents. Beach goers are urged to check with local beach rescue for the latest surf conditions and not to enter the surf above your knees. Always swim within sight of a lifeguard. For more information on rip currents click here.

An area of cloudiness and thunderstorms centered over southeastern Yucatan, Belize, and the adjacent northwestern Caribbean Sea is associated with the remnants of Tropical Depression Nine. Surface pressures are rising in the area, and redevelopment is unlikely while the system drifts eastward. Therefore, the NHC has only given 94L a low, 10%, chance of formation through the next 48 hours and 5 days.

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Joint Information Center Update on Preparedness

~Officials with the CDC Hold Conference Call with Florida’s
Hospital Executives~

October 21, 2014 - Yesterday officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) held a statewide call with Florida’s hospital executives in response to Governor Rick Scott’s request for the CDC to share lessons learned for Ebola preparedness. The call provided guidance to hospitals on the proper use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), effective clinical strategies for safety in hospitals, and appropriate management of Ebola medical waste.

The new CDC guidance emphasizes full coverage of skin, oversight by a trained site manager and limiting the number of employees in Ebola care areas. According to CDC officials on the Florida call, the guidelines suggest the use of an observer for donning and doffing PPE in a designated area adjacent to the patient’s room.

10/21/14 - Joint Information Center Update

Joint Information Center Update

~Governor Rick Scott: Florida National Guard Rapid Response Teams will further prepare for Ebola~

October 20, 2014, After meeting with Major General Emmett Titshaw today, Governor Scott announced that the Florida National Guard is currently establishing two Rapid Response Teams to further enhance Florida’s Ebola preparedness efforts. Each National Guard Rapid Response team of 16 will include doctors, nurses and equipment personnel. These two teams are undergoing intensive training and will be ready by the end of the October to assist healthcare workers, if they are ever needed to supplement a hospital’s existing personnel. 

Governor Scott said, “Today, I met with General Titshaw on the Florida National Guard’s preparedness efforts – in the event we ever have a case of Ebola in Florida. While our first responders and healthcare workers are the front line of care in the event of an Ebola case, our Florida National Guard is currently establishing two Rapid Response teams that can manage Ebola cases and provide support to hospitals, if needed.

10/20/14 - Joint Information Center Update

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