News Release: Florida Division of Emergency Management
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) officials urge those across north Florida to be prepared for severe weather as a storm system enters the region late Monday and lingers through Wednesday night. Frequent lightning strikes, high wind gusts, hail, tornadoes and flash flooding are possible. Rainfall totaling up to 6 inches is forecast, and a Flash Flood Watch has been issued for the Florida Panhandle and western Big Bend until Wednesday.
“The same system that produced severe weather in Arkansas will bring an increased risk for strong storms in north Florida,” said FDEM State Meteorologist Amy Godsey. “Local river levels are already elevated, so the potential for flooding is likely to increase. Motorists should be especially cautious during thunderstorms, and avoid driving through standing water or flooded roadways.”
If severe weather is forecast in your area, be sure to follow these important safety tips:
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