Florida Residents And Visitors Urged To Use Caution As Potential For Severe Weather Expected Statewide This Weekend
Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) officials urge residents and visitors to use caution this weekend as potential severe weather is expected statewide. Scattered strong to severe thunderstorms are possible in the Florida Panhandle and Big Bend starting Saturday afternoon and then moving east into the Florida Peninsula during the day on Sunday. Potential impacts include thunderstorms with damaging wind gusts over 60 miles per hour, isolated tornadoes, and frequent lightning.
Those with outdoor activities planned are advised to check the weather forecast before leaving for extended periods outdoors and watch for signs of approaching storms while outside. Postpone outdoor activities if storms are imminent. If severe weather is forecast in your area, be sure to follow these additional important safety tips:
- Ensure your NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio is on and programmed for your area or stay tuned to a trusted local media outlet for the most current weather situation.
- Ensure your disaster supply kit is prepared and heed all instructions from local officials. For tips to help you build a kit, please visit www.FloridaDisaster.org
- Know what you would do in the event of a severe thunderstorm or tornado watch or warning.
Severe Thunderstorm Watch v. Warning
Severe Thunderstorm Watch – Weather conditions favor thunderstorms capable of producing large hail or damaging wind at this location. Be prepared.
Severe Thunderstorm Warning – Large hail or damaging wind is occurring or will shortly at this location. Seek shelter.
Tornado Watch v. Warning
Tornado Watch – Weather conditions favor thunderstorm capable of producing tornadoes at this location. Be prepared.
Tornado Warning – A tornado is occurring or will shortly at this location. Seek shelter immediately in an interior room, away from windows.
- If thunder roars, go indoors. If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning and should seek shelter.
The Florida Division of Emergency Management encourages all residents to sign up to receive emergency alerts and other public safety notifications. To find your local notification system, please visit www.FloridaDisaster.org/AlertFlorida
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