Florida Division of Emergency Management officials are urging residents and visitors in the Panhandle region to remain vigilant near local rivers and use caution on area roadways as a storm system impacts the area today and Thursday. The Flash Flood Watch was issued for Escambia, Okaloosa, and Santa Rosa counties through Thursday morning. A Flood Watch is also in effect for Bay, Calhoun, Walton, Holmes, Jackson, and Washington counties through Thursday morning.
"This system will bring widespread showers and scattered thunderstorms beginning this evening in the Florida Panhandle,” said State Meteorologist Amy Godsey. “Periods of heavy rains are expected this evening through Thursday morning with projected rainfall totals of one to three inches across a widespread area and as much as three to five inches in a few areas of Northwest Florida over the next 24 hours.” In addition, isolated occurrences of severe weather will be possible with any strong thunderstorms that develop.
A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. Rises on local rivers will also be possible with this system. Residents should monitor forecasts and be alert for possible flooding conditions.