Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) officials urge those across north Florida to be prepared for severe weather as a storm system enters the region late Monday and lingers through Wednesday night. Frequent lightning strikes, high wind gusts, hail, tornadoes and flash flooding are possible. 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. 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 a flood is likely in your area, you should: Turn Around, Don’t Drown. If you see a flooded roadway, turn around and take another route. Take your time when traveling. Be aware that flash flooding can occur. If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground. For additional information about severe weather in Florida, and to Get A Plan, visit www.FloridaDisaster.org.