State and local emergency management officials are urging residents and visitors to stay alert and exercise caution as a strong and complex storm system will move east into the northern half of the state this weekend.
“The Storm Prediction Center has placed much of northern Florida in an area for an enhanced risk of severe storms on Saturday and Sunday,” said Interim Director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management David Halstead. “We encourage residents and businesses to monitor this weather system this weekend and to be prepared to act if warnings are issued.”
The system will have the potential to bring one to three inches of rainfall across northern Florida, and as high as five inches in some localized areas. A moderate to high risk of rip currents along Panhandle beaches is also expected on Saturday and Sunday. Hail, isolated tornadoes, and damaging wind gusts are possible this weekend, even during the overnight hours. Residents and visitors to the state should monitor local media outlets and ensure that their NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio alert settings are turned on.