River Flood Warnings are prevalent across the Florida Big Bend and western Panhandle and pose the greatest weather-related threat for the state today. Currently, 12 rivers directly affecting Northwest Florida are currently in, or forecasted to go into flood stage within the next 48 hours. 3 of these rivers are expected to rise into moderate or major flood stage.
With current forecasts, the Choctawhatchee River near Bruce may experience the most significant amount of flooding and may rise into major flood stage early Saturday and continue to rise throughout the weekend. Rivers that are at risk of flooding are: Perdido River at Barrineau Park, Escambia River near Century, Big Escambia Creek at Flomaton, Blackwater River at Baker, Yellow River at Milligan, Choctawhatchee River near Caryville, Choctawhatchee River near Bruce, Apalachicola River near Blountstown, Apalachicola River at Woodruff Dam, and the Aucilla River at Lamont.
The St. Marks River near Newport is forecasted to be within an inch of flood stage for the rest of the week as well. Please remember to never drive through flooded roadways as most flood-related deaths occur within automobiles. ALWAYS TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN.
At the coast, there is a moderate rip current risk across Northeast Florida Beaches today due to onshore winds gusting up to 20mph and elevated offshore swells up to 8ft. Elevated threats exist for East-Central Florida beaches as well.
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