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Remnants of Erika are producing heavy rainfall over South Florida today... Flood Watch is in Effect until Monday for South Florida and the Majority of Central Florida... Six River Flood Warnings Remain in Effect... High Risk of Rip Currents for Southeast Florida Beaches... Moderate Risk of Rip Currents for Florida East Coast... Tropical Storm Fred Formed in the Eastern Atlantic Overnight...

Updated 10:20 am EDT Sunday

The remnants of Erika are moving inland across South Florida this morning and are expected to continue throughout the day. These remnants include multiple bands of heavy rain and thunderstorms, and are expected to drop between 1 and 4 inches widespread across South Florida today and tonight, with isolated totals of 4 to 8 inches also possible. Due to highly saturated and unstable conditions, widespread showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop ahead of the remnants of Erika and begin to move through Central Florida and even into the Northern Peninsula this afternoon. The greatest threats associated with these storms today are frequent lightning, gusty winds, and widespread heavy rainfall. A Flood Watch has been issued for all of South Florida and the majority of Central Florida and will be in effect through Monday and Monday evening. For updated information on watches and warnings in your area, please visit your local weather forecast office at www.weather.gov.

Across the Panhandle, conditions will be very dry today, with little rainfall expected. Highs across the state will range from the mid 80s to low 90s, with heat indices ranging from the low to upper 90s.

Flood IconThere are currently six River Flood Warnings in effect in West Central Florida. Two rivers are currently in moderate flood stage, and four others are in minor flood stage. Three river locations are forecast to reach minor flood stage during the next couple of days. Seven river locations are currently in action stage, and three river locations are forecast to reach action stage over the next day or so. Keep in mind, the forecast river levels on the hydrographs only take the next 48 hours of rainfall into account. Therefore, much of the effects of the remnants of Erika will not show up on hydrographs today. The remnants of Erika are currently located just south of South Florida and are producing heavy showers and thunderstorms that are expected to move inland across South Florida today before slowly moving up the West Coast over the next couple of days. The remnants of Erika are currently forecast to dump widespread totals between 3 and 5 inches across the majority of the Peninsula, with isolated totals as high as 6 to 10 inches. This amount of rainfall has the potential to cause flooding across the majority of the Peninsula, especially across West Central Florida, as that area is still trying to recover from previous flooding events. Some river locations across the Peninsula may reach moderate to major flood stage. Urban and low-lying areas are also at risk for areal flooding. For more information on rivers across the state please visit the Southeast River Forecast Center webpage at http://www.srh.noaa.gov/serfc/. You can find the latest river gage readings and river forecasts at the Southeast River Forecast Center’s website here.

Due to the effects of the remnants of Erika, a high risk of rip currents is in effect for the Southeast Florida coast from Palm Beach County to Miami-Dade County. A moderate risk of rip currents is forecast for the rest of the Florida East Coast from Nassau County to Martin County. A low risk of rip currents is forecast for the rest of the state. Beach goers are urged to check with local beach patrol or beach warning flags for the latest surf conditions before entering the water. Always swim within sight of a lifeguard. For more information on rip currents click here.

Invest 99L became a Tropical Depression overnight and then became Tropical Storm Fred at 5 AM this morning. Fred is located just off the west coast of Africa, or about 315 miles east-southeast of the Cape Verde Islands. Tropical Storm Fred is currently moving towards the northwest near 12 mph, and this general motion is expected to continue through Tuesday. On this forecast track, Fred is expected to move through the Cape Verde Islands by late Monday and into Tuesday. The maximum sustained winds are 40 mph with higher gusts, and Fred is expected to strengthen to near-hurricane strength over the next several days. For more information on the tropics please visit the National Hurricane Center website here.

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SERT Officials Direct Public To FLGETAPLAN.Com As Preparation For Tropical Storm Erika Continues

~ Florida Families and Businesses Urged to Build a Family Emergency Plan ~

FLGetAPlan.comAs monitoring and preparation efforts continue for Tropical Storm Erika, SERT officials are encouraging all Florida residents, visitors and businesses to visit the website FLGetAPlan.com, and to use this site as the basis for building a customized emergency plan.

“A visit to FLGetAPlan.com takes just five minutes, and can help you create a plan to better prepare your family and keep them safe,” said FDEM Director Bryan W. Koon. “The website provides a quick and simple option for those looking to build a basic emergency plan for their family or business.”

FLGetAPlan.com is an interactive website designed to provide families and businesses with the basic foundation for building a disaster supply kit, evacuation planning and communication needs.  

SERT Officials Direct Public To FLGETAPLAN.Com As Preparation For Tropical Storm Erika Continues

State Emergency Operations Center Activates To Level Two In Preparation For Possible Impacts From Tropical Storm Erika

Tropical Storm Erica 2015

At 8 a.m. EDT today, the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) in Tallahassee activated to partial activation, as current forecast models now indicate Florida is within Tropical Storm Erika’s five-day cone of error.

The State Emergency Response Team (SERT) continues to monitor the developing storm, as it prepares for any weather-related impacts Erika may bring to the state.

“Too many variables still exist for us to be able to accurately predict where this storm might impact us or how strong it may be if it does,” said FDEM Director Bryan W. Koon. “We are preparing the protective and responsive measures we will need if the storm continues to develop out of an abundance of caution.”

Florida residents and visitors should continue to monitor local news for further instructions, ensure disaster supply kits are fully stocked and plans are in place to remain safe in the event that that Tropical Storm Erika does impact the state.

State EOC Activates To Level Two In Preparation For Possible Impacts From Tropical Storm Erika

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