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Tropical Storm Arthur Has Potential Impacts to Florida East Coast

tropicaldepression arthurTALLAHASSEE –  Emergency officials remind Floridians to monitor the weather and stay aware as Tropical Storm Arthur brings potential impacts to the Florida East Coast. Residents and visitors are advised to watch for elevated rip current risks along Atlantic Coast beaches, and isolated heavy rain and gusty winds across the Florida Peninsula from late today through Thursday.

“The first storm of the season is always a great reminder for Floridians to prepare themselves and their families for hurricane season,” said FDEM Director Bryan W. Koon. “Residents and visitors to the Atlantic Coast should continue to monitor local weather conditions.”

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect from Volusia County through St. Lucie County. A Tropical Storm Watch means tropical storm conditions could possibly form in the designated area within the next 36 hours. Arthur could bring isolated rainfall totals of up to 5 inches to portions of East Central Florida, and there is an elevated possibility of isolated tornadoes and waterspouts along the Florida East Coast.

Building surf will create an elevated risk of rip currents within the watch area over the next few days. All beachgoers should check the beach warning flags before swimming, and always swim within sight of a lifeguard.

Floridians are reminded to be prepared and to have a plan, as the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season lasts through November 30. The Florida Division of Emergency Management has information and tips on how to Get A Plan on their website, www.FloridaDisaster.org.


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