~Expect Periods of Heavy Rain, Strong Winds
And Tornado Watches ~
Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) officials are urging residents and visitors across North Florida to stay alert as a storm system moves through the region today. This storm system could produce heavy rain, lightning strikes, high wind gusts, and also carries the possibility of isolated tornadoes. The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch that is in effect until 4 PM EDT and a Flash Flood Watch until 8 PM EDT today.
“The Storm Prediction Center has placed much of North Florida in a slight risk area for severe storms,” said Deputy State Meteorologist Tiffany Hersey. “This storm system could produce heavy rainfall amounts of 1-3 inches or higher within a 12-24 hour period, increasing the potential for flooding of urban roadways and low-lying areas, and strong storms today could also produce damaging winds.”
If severe weather is forecast in your area, be sure to follow these 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.
- Know what you would do in the event of a severe thunderstorm or tornado watch or warning. If a tornado warning is issued for your area, seek shelter immediately in an interior room, away from windows.
- NEVER drive through flooded roadways as road beds may be washed out under flood waters, and just one foot of fast-moving flood water can move most cars off the road.
- If thunder roars, go indoors. If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning and should seek shelter.
If a flood is likely in your area, you should:
- Monitor the NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio or your local news sources for vital weather-related information.
- Be aware that flash flooding can occur. If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground. Do not wait for instructions to move.
- Be aware of stream, drainage channels, canyons and other areas known to flood suddenly. Flash floods can occur in these areas with or without typical warnings such as rain clouds or heavy rain.
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