TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) urges residents and visitors to stay alert and use caution this evening as a severe weather threat is possible for the Panhandle of Florida.
Have a NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio in your home of office to receive warnings from the National Weather and follow all instructions from local officials.
“Although scattered showers and storms will be possible this afternoon, the severe weather threat will occur mainly after sundown,” said FDEM Meteorologist Brad Schaaf. “It is important to monitor your NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio for the latest severe weather information, and know what you would do if a watch or warning is issued for your area.”
Primary threats from this potential storm system may include damaging wind gusts and frequent lightning strikes, but a few storms may produce an isolated tornado. Additionally, Northwest Florida may receive up to an inch of rainfall, with locally heavier amounts possible within any strong storms.
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.
If thunder roars, go indoors. If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning and should seek shelter.
To learn more about severe weather in Florida, and to Get A Plan!, visit www.FloridaDisaster.org, and follow FDEM on Twitter at @FLSERT and on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/FloridaSERT and www.Facebook.com/kidsgetaplan.