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Rough Surf, High Winds on First Coast Next Three Days

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  • Winds increase to 20 to 25 kts Wednesday
  • Seas build to 5 to 7 feet Wednesday, 6 to 9 feet Thursday
  • High rip current risk through Saturday
  • Heavy rain at times through Friday




A coastal storm will develop in northeast Florida Wednesday and linger through Friday. Adverse boating and beach conditions are expected from the First Coast to Daytona Beach. A strong onshore wind will develop later Wednesday that could gust as high as 30 knots at times. This will lead to rough surf and wave heights building to 5 to 8 feet through Friday. A Small Craft Advisory is in effect for the coastal waters from St. Augustine to southeast Georgia. There will also be a high rip current risk through the weekend at the area beaches.  Boaters and swimmers are urged to use extreme caution when entering the waters anywhere from Southeast Georgia to the Space Coast.


Rainfall Forecast-FPBS


In addition to the adverse conditions along the coast, periods of rain are likely over the next three days. It could be heavy at times, especially late Thursday and Friday. South of the storm system, primarily over inland areas of North-Central Florida, a few locally strong thunderstorms are possible in the afternoon hours Thursday and Friday. Rainfall amounts of one to two inches will be possible in most areas before the storm system pulls away by early Saturday.


Sources include nearest National Weather Service office, National Hurricane Center, and the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network (@FloridaStorms).
Sources include nearby emergency management agencies, FEMA, and your local NPR affiliate. 
Sources include the Florida Department of Transportation, Florida Highway Patrol and other nearby traffic information.

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