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...Scattered Showers and Thunderstorms in the Peninsula...Locally Heavy Rainfall Possible from Nature Coast to Northeast Florida...Marginal Risk for Severe Weather in Much of the Peninsula...Moderate to High Risk for Rip Currents for Most East Coast and Panhandle Beaches...

Updated 9:05 A.M. EST Thanksgiving Day

An area of low pressure is located over the eastern Gulf of Mexico this morning, and it will move slowly northeast over the next 24 hours across Florida and into the Atlantic. Its cold front will also sweep across the Florida Peninsula. Light to moderate rainfall, with one or two embedded thunderstorms, is ongoing from the eastern Big Bend to Northeast and Central Florida. Most locations from the Nature Coast to Northeast Florida can expect 2 to 4 inches of rainfall through tomorrow morning. There are currently no flood or flash flood watches in effect, but minor nuisance flooding of low-lying and poorly drained areas is possible. Rainfall amounts elsewhere in Florida will generally be less than in inch. In addition to the heavy rainfall threat, there is a marginal risk for severe weather in Central Florida and much of South Florida, primarily this morning through this afternoon. The primary threats from any severe storms that develop are damaging wind gusts and a brief, isolated tornado, although small hail cannot be completely ruled out. Thunderstorms are also possible today throughout the rest of the Peninsula, but only rain showers are expected in the eastern Big Bend. While the severe weather threat will diminish and any rainfall should be ending in the eastern Big Bend by this evening, chances for showers and thunderstorms will continue in Northeast Florida and the Peninsula overnight.

Dry conditions are expected in the Panhandle through tomorrow morning, and any light rainfall in the western Big Bend should come to and end by late evening. Highs today will be in the mid 60s to near 70 in North Florida, in the lower to mid 70s in Central Florida, and in the upper 70s to lower 80s in South Florida. Lows tonight will be in the mid 40s to lower 50s in the Panhandle and the Big Bend and will range from the mid 50s to near 70, north to south, in the Peninsula.

A high risk for rip currents is forecast for Franklin County beaches in the Panhandle due to 10 mph northeast winds and wave heights up to 2 feet. A moderate risk for rip currents is forecast for East Coast beaches from Nassau County to Martin County due to breezy winds and wave heights of 2 to 5 feet; and for Panhandle beaches from Walton County to Gulf County due to north to northeast 5-10 mph winds. 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. Remember, double red flags means the beach is closed.

Some of the gages on the upper St. Johns River remain in action stage, and the St. Marys River near Macclenny is forecast to rise above action stage over the next 24 hours due to expected heavy rainfall in the area. At this time, no Florida river or waterway is expected to rise above flood stage over the next few days. For more information on specific river stages, please visit the Southeast River Forecast Center here.

No tropical development is expected during the next five days. For the latest information on the tropics, please visit hurricanes.gov.

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11/14/17 - Governor Scott's Securing Florida's Future Budget Keeps Florida Prepared For Natural Disasters

Governor Scott’s Securing Florida’s Future budget invests $1.4 billion in the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) for emergency preparedness, response and recovery. These investments include ongoing recovery efforts from Hurricane Irma, the largest storm in recent history to impact the State of Florida, and preparation for potential future natural disasters to ensure the safety of those who live, work and visit Florida.

Governor Scott said, “Hurricane Irma was the largest hurricane to make landfall in our state in recent history, and we saw firsthand the critical importance of disaster preparedness in our communities. Florida has the nation’s best emergency management professionals and these investments will support their relentless work to prepare and respond to emergencies. We must continue to do all we can to ensure that Florida’s families and businesses have the resources they need to be prepared and safe before any disaster.”

FDEM Director Wesley Maul said, “Through continued support for our emergency management professionals, Governor Scott has shown his commitment to keep Floridians safe and Florida’s communities continuing to grow and thrive. Ensuring we are prepared for disasters is of the utmost importance, and Governor Scott’s proposed budget gives our team the tools to keep Florida’s families safe.”

The Securing Florida’s Future Budget includes:

  • $1.32 Billion for Disaster Preparedness, Response, Recovery and Mitigation: Since 2011, Governor Scott has overseen the investment of more than $2 billion to ensure Florida is a leader in disaster preparedness and recovery. The Budget invests $1.3 billion in financial assistance to state and local governments for recovery and disaster mitigation funding to assist communities in returning not only to prior disaster conditions, but to also reduce the impacts of future disasters.
  • $3.5 Million for the Statewide Emergency Alert Notification System: DEM is continuing to expand a statewide, alert notification system, AlertFlorida, to provide alerts of eminent or actual hazards to all Florida families, businesses and visitors. It will merge with existing systems, automatically disseminate weather warnings from the National Weather Service and target specific geographic areas for real-time, location based mobile device alerts. Currently, the system has been implemented in 56 counties and 8 cities, towns or other political municipalities. During Hurricane Irma, the AlertFlorida program’s participating counties sent out 4,776 Broadcast notifications through 11,941,446 messages, which were received by 7,866,505 recipients.
    • The system will also result in potential savings to Florida homeowners by reducing premiums paid by National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policyholders. Florida National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policy holders will save a combined $47 million once all eligible communities are enrolled in NFIP’s Community Rating System (CRS).  Currently, there are 219 communities enrolled in CRS, which totals 47 percent of all Florida communities. Florida leads the nation in CRS-enrolled communities, with approximately three times the number enrolled when compared to the next closest state.
  • $1.8 million for County Emergency Operations Center Updates: Currently, Emergency Operations Centers for nine Florida counties, Bradford, Columbia, Franklin, Gadsden, Hamilton, Hardee, Suwannee, Union and Wakulla, do not meet minimum hurricane safety criteria, or have insufficient workspace. Small counties often struggle to finance capital projects, such as EOC design and construction. This funding will be used to incentivize these counties to replace or structurally alter and expand their existing EOC by providing an architectural and engineering design services grant.
  • $9.1 Million for Flood Mitigation Assistance Programs: The Flood Mitigation Assistance Programs are administered through FDEM to reduce or eliminate claims under the National Flood Insurance Program. FDEM develops and maintains a State Standard Hazard Mitigation Plan, and reviews Flood Mitigation Assistance Program applications from eligible state/local governments, recommends technically feasible and cost effective applications to FEMA and provides pass-thru funding for FEMA approved and awarded project grants to eligible sub-applicants.
  • $6.7 Million for Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program (PDM): The PDM Program provides funds for hazard mitigation planning and the implementation of mitigation projects prior to a disaster event to reduce overall risks to the population and structures, while also reducing reliance on funding from actual disaster declarations.
  • $3 Million for Hurricane Shelter Retrofit: FDEM publishes an annual shelter retrofit report which provides a list of facilities recommended to be retrofitted for use as public hurricane evacuation shelters. These measures work to bring already existing public buildings up to established safety criteria and increase the availability of public hurricane evacuation shelter spaces in the state.

For more information about the Florida Division of Emergency Management, visit www.FloridaDisaster.org/info. Follow us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/flsert and on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/FloridaSERT.

Governor Scott's Securing Florida's Future Budget Keeps Florida Prepared For Natural Disasters

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