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Current Situation and Weather Update

...Mostly Dry Today but Rain Chances Return Tonight...Locally Heavy Rainfall Possible Tomorrow in Northeast Florida...Moderate Risk for Rip Currents for Some East Coast and Panhandle Beaches...

Updated 8:35 A.M. EST Wednesday

The storm system that brought some much needed rainfall to the Big Bend yesterday has raced off north into the Mid-Atlantic. Another storm system will begin to impact the area late today and linger through Black Friday. Patchy, dense fog is dissipating this morning across the Big Bend, Northeast Florida, and Central Florida. Once the fog clears out, skies will be mostly cloudy today as moisture remains in place. High temperatures in North and Central Florida will be in the low to middle 70s. South Florida and the Keys may be the exception today seeing more sunshine which will raise temperatures into the lower 80s. Most will remain dry today. Only an isolated shower or thunderstorm can be expected along the Gulf Coast and across South Florida this afternoon.

Late this evening, clouds and more widespread showers and thunderstorms will develop in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico. This activity will push northeast across the Big Bend, Northeast Florida, and the Nature Coast overnight. The best chance of rainfall tonight will be after midnight and across the Big Bend. The western Panhandle is likely to remain dry today and tonight with temperatures falling into the upper 40s. With cloudy skies and some rainfall, temperatures will be in the upper 50s to lower 60s across the Big Bend, Northeast Florida, and Central Florida. Low temperatures will only be in the upper 60s to lower 70s in South Florida and the Keys. Heavier and more widespread rainfall is expected tomorrow across Northeast Florida. Patchy fog is possible again tonight.

A moderate risk for rip currents is expected along Panhandle beaches from Walton to Franklin County and along East Coast beaches north of Martin County. Wave heights will be 2’ or less along Gulf Coast beaches, but higher wave heights of 3-4’ still linger in the Atlantic. Wave heights will increase tonight along Panhandle beaches. Winds will be 5-15 mph out of the northeast, which will be onshore along the east Coast and offshore along the Gulf Coast. 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.

Water levels remain elevated on the St. Johns River but continue to fall. With recent dry conditions, any rainfall the next few days is not expected to cause river flooding. Minor street flooding is possible during any stronger thunderstorms late tonight in the Big Bend and Nature Coast. 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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