The State Emergency Response Team (SERT) and the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) have issued a statewide flash flood threat in the Panhandle and in Big Bend through Saturday.
“A potentially significant squall line will continue moving across the Panhandle and Big Bend through the morning and afternoon,” states a report issued by both agencies at 3 p.m. on Friday.
“Destructive winds of 60 to 80 mph, isolated tornadoes, and large hail are all possible,” the reports states.
The line is forecast to weaken near I-75 with a marginal risk extending to Northeast Florida down to Levy County. If the squall line maintains itself more, then this risk could be expanded a bit farther.
Given heavy rainfall today, the flash flood threat continues across the Panhandle and Big Bend, the report states.
A lot of what will happen on Sunday in North Central Florida depends on Saturday’s storms, the report states. “Regardless, strong to possibly severe thunderstorms may redevelop over the Big Bend and Northeast Florida Sunday morning, then move southward through the rest of the Peninsula during the afternoon and evening.”
Locally heavy rainfall is expected across much of the Panhandle and Big Bend with totals of 2-4” possible. Localized areas could see as much at 6-8” in spots. This could lead to more flash flooding and possible minor river flooding. Some locally heavy rainfall cannot be ruled out in the Peninsula either heading into Sunday and early next week. Rainfall totals of 1-2” are expected with localized higher totals. These areas have been drier and are more able to take the rainfall.
The next briefing will be issued on Saturday morning. Click here to see information from the local National Weather Service office and the Storm Prediction Center.
WUFT Weather predicts local showers and thunderstorms to roll on Saturday and that they will possibly last into Saturday.
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