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Mostly Sunny With Low Rain Chances across the Florida Panhandle...Isolated Showers and Storms Expected Along Central and South Florida...A Heat Advisory is in Effect Across North Florida with Heat Indices as High as 110 Degrees...Moderate Risk for Rip Currents at Panhandle Beaches...High Chance of Tropical Development Later This Week...

Updated 9:30 AM EDT Wednesday

High pressure at the surface will lead to a more summerlike weather pattern across the state, with the primary triggering mechanism for isolated to scattered showers and storms being both the Gulf and Atlantic Coast seabreezes.

Widely isolated to scattered showers will be possible this afternoon and early evening mainly across the interior as both seabreezes pushes inland. Highest coverage in Northeast Florida will be along the interior as the East Coast seabreeze pushes inland. In Central Florida, highest chances for precipitation will be inland of the Treasure Coast where the East Coast seabreeze and lakebreeze interact and west of I-95 where both seabreeze boundary collisions are favored later this afternoon. In South Florida, more easterly winds will favor highest coverage of showers and storms over the interior and west coast.

Some of the storms could be strong to severe with gusty winds, frequent lightning, heavy rain, and even waterspouts.

Much drier air across the Florida panhandle will significantly inhibit shower and storm activity this afternoon. A light northerly flow will keep the seabreeze pinned close to the coast. A low 20% chance is forecast across the interior for that slight chance that a storm or two do end up developing this afternoon/early evening.

Very hot conditions will prevail across North Florida today, with high temperatures ranging from the mid 90s to lower 100s. A heat advisory is in effect across North Florida this afternoon. The heat index values, or how hot really feels when relative humidity is factored in, are expected to be as high as 110 degrees today. These conditions will create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible.

Temperatures across Central and South Florida will also be hot ranging from the lower to mid 90s with slightly warmer temperatures across the interior and slightly cooler temperatures along the coast. The combination of high temperatures and relative humidity will cause heat indices to range from 100-106 degrees.

In order to beat this heat, make sure to reduce strenuous outdoor activity or in places that have no air-conditioning, drink plenty of water, wear lightweight, light-colored clothing, spend more time in air-conditioned places, and try and stay out of the sun.

Elevated southwesterly winds will continue to increase wave heights and ocean swells along the Panhandle coast creating a moderate risk of rip currents from Escambia to Franklin County. Elsewhere, a general low risk of rip currents is forecast. However, rip currents may still form near piers and jetties and also during outgoing tidal cycles. Thus residents are encouraged to always check beach flags before entering the water. For more information about rip current safety, click here.

A tropical wave located 350 hundred miles east of the Lesser Antilles continues to move west-northwestwards at 15-20 mph. A tropical depression could form in the next day or so as the system moves over the Lesser Antilles and over the Eastern Caribbean Sea. The National Hurricane Center gave the disturbance a 50% chance of development in the next 48 hours and a 70% chance in the next 5 days. For the latest information, click here.

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Florida Remembers Hurricane Charley on 10th Anniversary

~It Only Takes One Storm to Change the Landscape of a Community~

Hurricane Charley 2004Ten years ago, Hurricane Charley made landfall near Port Charlotte in Southwest Florida as a Category 4 storm, making it the strongest storm since Hurricane Andrew to impact Florida. On the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Charley, Florida’s residents and visitors are reminded to have a family emergency plan and a disaster supply kit. It only takes one storm to significantly impact your family, business, and community.

“Hurricane Charley was the first of four hurricanes to impact Florida during the 2004 season. Florida’s State Emergency Response Team worked together to provide support during the response and recovery of the storm,” said FDEM Director Bryan W. Koon. “The 2004 hurricane season produced some of the most devastating hurricanes in Florida’s history and serves as a reminder that hurricanes can change the landscape of a community.”

Hurricane Charley’s impact was felt across the state as it made its way through the Central and Eastern counties before exiting the state near New Smyrna Beach. Charley left behind an estimated $15 billion in damage and was just the first of four hurricanes to impact Florida that year.

Floridians are encouraged to review and update their family and business emergency plans using the Get A Plan tool available at www.FLGetAPlan.com. It is also important to keep your disaster supply kit stocked with essentials, including canned food and water, to last you and your family for up to 7 days after a storm hits.

Florida Remembers Hurricane Charley on 10th Anniversary

Florida Deploys Emergency Operations Manager to Hawaii

~Deputy Operations Chief to Assist in Response to Hurricanes Iselle and Julio~

Deputy Operations Chief Ashley DavisThe Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) is acting upon a request for assistance from the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, as the state responds to twin Hurricanes Iselle and Julio.

On Friday, August 8, FDEM deployed Deputy Operations Chief Ashley Davis to work with the Hawaiian response team. The move comes in response to a formal request initiated on August 6, by Hawaii Emergency Management officials through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC). The EMAC request specified the need for an experienced team member to assist with the coordination and implementation of emergency response missions.

“Managing multiple storms presents a tremendous challenge to any emergency management agency,” said FDEM Director Bryan W. Koon.  “Florida gained multiple-storm experience during the 2004-2005 hurricane season, and we stand ready to provide assistance and share the lessons we learned with other states if requested.”

Florida Deploys Emergency Operations Manager to Hawaii

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