Florida State Watch Office Morning Situation Report for Friday, March 17, 2023

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Florida State Watch Office Morning Situation Report

EOC Activation Level: Level 2
Meteorological Summary: 
  • An active weather pattern can be expected across North Florida today as a strong cold front will make its way through the Gulf Coast states today and tonight.
  • The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) is outlooking a Slight Risk for Severe Thunderstorms (level 2 of 5) across the Panhandle, with a Marginal Risk (level 1 of 5) extending to the I-10/I-75 interchange.
  • Locally damaging wind gusts (45-60 mph), isolated tornadoes, lightning, and heavy rainfall will be possible with this line of strong to severe thunderstorms.
  • Minor flooding of low-lying and poor drainage areas will be possible across North Florida today and into tonight (Marginal Risk – level 1 of 4).
  • Strong southerly winds look to build ahead of the frontal system, with sustained winds of 10-20 mph and gusts reaching 20-30 mph.
  • A mixture of sunshine and clouds, warm temperatures, and near-zero rain chances expected across the Peninsula today.
  • An elevated wildfire threat will develop this afternoon over the interior Peninsula, courtesy of low relative humidity values, breezy conditions, and increasing rainfall deficits.
  • A high risk of rip currents can be expected along all Panhandle and Southeast Florida beaches today, with a moderate risk expected elsewhere.

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