A broad low pressure system located over the eastern Florida Panhandle is producing disorganized shower activity. The low is forecast to move southward to southwestward and emerge over the northeastern Gulf of Mexico later today. Once the system is over water, environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for tropical cyclone formation, and a tropical depression is likely to develop by late Wednesday or Thursday while the system moves westward across the northern Gulf of Mexico. Regardless of whether or not a tropical cyclone forms, this system has the potential to produce heavy rainfall along portions of the northern and eastern U.S. Gulf Coast later this week. Currently, this system has an 80% chance of development within the next 5 days, and a 50% chance of development in the next 48 hours. The 4 Day Total Precipitation Forecast shows 0.5 to 1 inch of rain for our area.
- Residents are encouraged to monitor the National Weather Service or the local weather for updates.
- Residents living in low lying, flood prone areas are urged to closely monitor and take precautions as needed to protect life and property. Be prepared to evacuate to higher ground if necessary.
- Do not drive through standing water. Turn around, don’t drown.
- Mariners should note the potential for hazardous boating conditions in the Gulf of Mexico and monitor alerts from the National Weather Service.
- Take this opportunity to review emergency plans and refresh your emergency supply kit. For more information, visithttp://www.HernandoCounty.us/