TALLAHASSEE – State and local emergency management officials are urging residents and visitors in the Florida Panhandle and Florida Big Bend areas to stay alert and exercise caution as a potentially severe storm system moves into the area today and tomorrow.
“The Storm Prediction Center has placed all of the Florida Panhandle and Western Big Bend in an area for an enhanced risk of severe storms on Monday night and early Tuesday morning,” said Director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management David Halstead. “This severe weather threat may spread east on Tuesday, and we encourage residents and visitors across the region to monitor this weather system and to be prepared to act if warnings are issued.”
This storm system will have the potential to produce isolated tornadoes and damaging wind gusts, especially during the overnight hours, along with one to two inches of rain. Damaging wind gusts will also be possible in the Florida Big Bend on Tuesday. 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.
For more information on the Florida Division of Emergency Management and to GET A PLAN!, please visit: www.FloridaDisaster.org.