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Daily Situation Report

Date: August 28, 2014

ROAD CLOSURES:

U.S. 98 eastbound traffic, between Fallin Waters Drive and the Hurlburt Field runway, in Okaloosa County will be shifted to the newly constructed adjacent lanes the week of Monday, Aug. 25. Plans call for a similar westbound traffic shift in September that will allow construction to begin in the center portion of the roadway to elevate the U.S. 98 travel lanes above Cody Avenue.

Work will begin Friday, August 22 to widen and improve State Road (S.R.) 123 in Okaloosa County. The $48 million construction program will widen S.R. 123 from two to four travel lanes from S.R. 85 near the Northwest Florida Regional Airport to S.R. 85 north of Niceville. Crews will also resurface the existing roadway, construct four new bridges along the route, and build a flyover ramp at the S.R. 123/85 intersection near Niceville.

Drivers will encounter alternating lane closures on State Road 20, between Roberts Drive and the Mid-Bay Bridge Connector, Sunday, Aug. 24 through Thursday, Aug. 28 from7 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. The lane closures will allow crews to place the final layer of asphalt on the roadway.

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK:

No hazardous weather is expected at this time.

TROPICAL FORECAST:

For the North Atlantic, Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Hurricane Cristobal, located a few hundred miles northwest of Bermuda.

A weak area of low pressure near the coast of South Texas is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms. Significant development of this system is unlikely before it moves inland over South Texas and northern Mexico today.
Formation chance through 48 hours is low, 10 percent.
Formation chance through 5 days is low, 10 percent.

A tropical wave located over the eastern Caribbean Sea continues to produce disorganized cloudiness and showers. Upper-level winds are expected to remain unfavorable for development during the next couple of days while the system moves across the eastern and central Caribbean Sea. However, environmental conditions could become conducive for some development when the system moves over the northwestern Caribbean Sea on Sunday and into the southwestern Gulf of Mexico early next week.
Formation chance through 48 hours is low, near 0 percent.
Formation chance through 5 days is low, 20 percent.

A tropical wave is forecast to move off the west coast of Africa on Friday. Environmental conditions could be conducive for some gradual development of this system while it moves westward at 10 to 15 mph across the eastern Atlantic early next week.
Formation chance through 48 hours is low, near 0 percent.
Formation chance through 5 days is medium, 30 percent.

GENERAL WEATHER OUTLOOK:

Today: Isolated showers and thunderstorms after 1pm, mostly sunny, with a high near 92. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph and becoming south in the afternoon. The chance of precipitation is 20%.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 68. South winds around 5 mph and becoming calm in the evening.

Friday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mostly sunny, with a high near 90. East winds 5 to 10 mph and becoming south in the afternoon.

Friday night: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mostly cloudy, with a low around 77. South winds around 5 mph.

MARINE FORECAST:

Today: East winds 6 to 9 knots and becoming southeast 7 to 10 knots in the afternoon. Seas will be 1 to 2 feet. Isolated thunderstorms are possible in the afternoon.

Tonight: Southeast winds 10 to 13 knots, seas 1 to 2 feet. Isolated thunderstorms are possible after midnight.

Friday: Southeast winds 10 to 13 knots, seas 2 to 3 feet. Showers and thunderstorms are likely.

Friday night: South winds 10 to 13 knots, seas 2 to 3 feet. There is a chance of showers and thunderstorms.

SURF FORECAST:

Rip Current Hazard: Low

Outlook for Tomorrow: Low

Surf Temperature: 84 degrees

Tides:

Navarre Beach:
High 0.9 ft 12:04 am, low 0.7 ft 4:57 am / high 1.0 ft 12:07 pm, low 0.8 ft 5:20 pm, high 1.1 ft 11:56 pm / tide range is 0.4 feet

East Pass (Destin):
High 0.5 ft 1:44 am, low 0.3 ft 7:45 am / high 0.5 ft 1:44 pm, low 0.3 ft 7:03 pm / tide range is 0.2 feet

Pensacola Pass:
High 0.8 ft 12:54 am, low 0.6 ft 7:45 am / high 0.8 ft 12:54 pm, low 0.7 ft 7:03 pm / tide range is 0.2 feet

FIRE WEATHER:

Keetch Byram drought index (KBDI): 400 499
Index for previous day: 496

Humidity: 36% inland & 41% coastal
Mixing height: 5300 inland & 5100 coastal
Transport winds: SE at 7 inland & SE at 9 coastal
Dispersion index: 73 inland & 81 coastal

RIVER LEVELS:

(R = rising, S = steady, F = falling)

Yellow/Milligan: 1.22 ft (S)

Blackwater/Baker: 1.79 ft (S)

Shoal/SR 85, Crestview: 5.29 ft (S)

Shoal/Mossy Head: 6.95 ft (S)

SUN / MOON DATA:

Sunset: 0713 pm
End civil twilight: 1938
Moon phase: waxing 9%
Moonrise: 0951 tomorrow
Moonset: 2054 today
Begin civil twilight: 0556
Sunrise: 0621

Randy McDaniel, Okaloosa County Emergency Management

Dino J. Villani,
Director of Public Safety
90 College Boulevard East
Niceville, FL 32578
Phone: (850) 651-7150
Fax: (850) 651-7170