Good morning all!
The low pressure system I mentioned last night is underway in the GOMEX. The NWS has statements and warnings up for the areas affected, and can be accessed by clicking on the NWS Hazards and Warnings display.
The area of low pressure is slowly becoming more defined, and is moving in a general ENE – NE direction. The rain shield extends out fairly far from the center, and inland areas are already feeling the effects of light to moderate rainfall.
Based on model guidance, and information in the NWS Coastal and Offshore forecasts, winds of 20 – 30 knots can be expected as this system continues eastward and crosses the Florida Panhandle area this afternoon.
Seas COULD reach 8 – 10 ft offshore and 5 -7 ft close to the coast. Boaters should remain inport today and tonight over the GOMEX area, and boaters off the SEUS coast should remain inport over the next 3 days or so. RESIDENTS ALONG THESE AREAS ARE URGED TO STAY AWAY FROM THE BEACH AND OUT OF THE WATER DUE TO STRONG WAVES AND RIP CURRENTS…DO NOT BECOME A STATISTIC!
This system is forecast to slow as it crosses Florida, and may meander off the SEUS coast for about 36 – 48 hours, before phasing with a 500 mb cutoff low and ejecting NEWD out into the open Atlantic.
Residents in the affected areas should monitor NOAA Weather Radio and Local NWS Statements and Warnings, and should remain aware of the risk of Flash Flooding, along with some coastal flooding at the time of high tide.
ALL of the graphics are linked for you to click on for either a close up view, and/or up to date information.
The SPC has issued a SLIGHT risk for Severe Thunderstorms for portions of the FLORIDA PENINSULA…
Have a blessed day!
T. F. “STORM” WALSH III
GMCS, USCG (ret)
METEOROLOGIST / HURRICANE SPECIALIST / SEVERE WEATHER SPECIALIST
MEMBER WEST CENTRAL FLORIDA AMS
OFFICIAL SKYWARN SPOTTER (ADVANCED)