Tuesday, December 8, 2009

RESIDENTS URGED TO BE PREPARED FOR SEVERE WEATHER AS COLD FRONT MOVES INTO THE STATE

State emergency management officials are urging residents and visitors in the Florida Panhandle and Big Bend regions to be on the watch for severe weather tonight into Wednesday as an advancing cold front moves into the state.

“There is a possibly of damaging winds and isolated tornadoes during the overnight period as the front passes and residents should monitor this system and be prepared to act if conditions warrant,” said Deputy Meteorologist Amy Godsey.

While rainfall amounts are not expected to exceed one inch, this system will continue across North Florida on Wednesday and travelers along Interstate 10 should be on alert for changing road conditions.

“Now is a good time to review your plans and check that your Weather Radio has fresh batteries, is turned on and set to alert,” added Godsey.

NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR) is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service office. NWR broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For more information on the Florida Division of Emergency Management and to GET A PLAN!, please visit: http://www.floridadisaster.org/. All students, teachers and parents can find educational information and free downloadable materials at: http://www.kidsgetaplan.com/. And for the latest situation and flash reports go to: www.YouTube.com/FloridaSERT .

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