Florida State Watch Office Morning Situation Report for Wednesday, August 17th, 2022

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Florida State Watch Office Morning Situation Report

EOC Activation Level: Level 3
Meteorological Summary:
  • As a frontal boundary gradually progresses southward over the Southeast U.S. today elevated rain chances can be expected statewide, away from the Florida Keys (45-65% chance of rain).
  • Isolated strong to severe thunderstorms will be possible across portions of North and Central Florida, mainly along and north of the I-4 corridor (Marginal Risk).
  • The primary concerns with this activity will be locally damaging wind gusts (40-60 mph), frequent lightning, and heavy rainfall rates this afternoon and evening.
  • The Weather Prediction Center (WPC) is outlooking a Marginal Risk for Flash Flooding (level 1 of 4) across the western Panhandle; localized flooding over low-lying and poor drainage areas possible.
  • Heat Advisories will remain in effect for portions of the western Panhandle as feels like temperatures reach 106-110 degrees this afternoon.
  • An elevated rip current risk can be expected along most Panhandle beaches, with a locally high risk along Gulf County beaches.
  • The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is monitoring an area of potential development over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico. There is a 20% (low) chance of development over the next 5 days, however this disturbance poses no threat to Florida.

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