FLASH FLOOD WATCH THROUGH SATURDAY AFTERNOON
An abundance of tropical moisture moved into North Florida while you were sleeping last night. Rare overnight showers were the result in many communities, and this is only the beginning of a soggy couple of days. The recent heavy rains from earlier in the week have saturated the soils, so when the downpours hit again later today, rapid rises in water are possible in urban areas that drain poorly. Rainfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour during some of the stronger thunderstorm activity will make some locations even more susceptible to the flash floods. Motorists are urged to use extreme caution when driving through the downpours and never attempt to drive through a flooded roadway.
WIND DAMAGE POSSIBLE IN STRONGER STORMS TODAY
Instability will be increasing across north Florida today due the approach of an unusual cold front for this time of year in South Georgia. The abundant tropical moisture, combined with some faster winds aloft, may produce micro-burst winds of 40 to 60 mph in some of the stronger, more mature cells. The saturated soils will make it even easier for trees to fall over and cause some damage. Residents of North Florida are encouraged to stay indoors during strong thunderstorm activity, away from windows or power lines.
Urgent weather updates are available today on Twitter @WRUFWeather, or online at www.wruf.com/weather/watch-live.