Florida residents and visitors urged to use caution as severe weather system enters the state

Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM)
Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM)
Published: Monday, April 28, 2014 at 06:18 PM.

TALLAHASSEE – Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) officials urge those across north Florida to be prepared for severe weather as a storm system enters the region late Monday and lingers through Wednesday night. 

Frequent lightning strikes, high wind gusts, hail, tornadoes and flash flooding are possible.  Rainfall totaling up to 6 inches is forecast, and a Flash Flood Watch has been issued for the Florida Panhandle and western Big Bend until Wednesday.

“The same system that produced severe weather in Arkansas will bring an increased risk for strong storms in north Florida,” said FDEM State Meteorologist Amy Godsey. “Local river levels are already elevated, so the potential for flooding is likely to increase. Motorists should be especially cautious during thunderstorms, and avoid driving through standing water or flooded roadways.”

If severe weather is forecast in your area, be sure to follow these important safety tips:

    * Ensure your NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio is on and programmed for your area or stay tuned to a trusted local media outlet for the most current weather situation. Ensure your disaster supply kit is prepared and heed all instructions from local officials.

    * Know what you would do in the event of a severe thunderstorm or tornado watch or warning. If a tornado warning is issued for your area, seek shelter immediately in an interior room, away from windows.

    * NEVER drive through flooded roadways as road beds may be washed out under flood waters, and just one foot of fast-moving flood water can move most cars off the road.

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