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Jun 22 2018

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. Scattered Storms in the Panhandle, Isolated Storms in the Big Bend and South Florida Today. Sunny to Partly Cloudy Skies and Hot and Dry Conditions Expected Elsewhere. HIGH Wildfire Threat Today in the Peninsula and Northeast Florida. High to Moderate Rip Current Risk for All Panhandle and Some East Coast Beaches.

Updated 9:00 A.M. EDT Monday

Patchy dense fog is dissipating this morning across North Florida, as visibilities in select locations dropped below a half mile. Today will be hot and dry for most across the state, as mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies are quickly warming temperatures up into the upper 80s and 90s. Temperatures will reach the mid-90s across inland portions of Northeast, Central, and Southeast Florida. With humidity levels increased today and light winds, heat index values will flirt with 100 degrees for a short time during the early to mid-afternoon, especially in interior Northeast and Central Florida. The exception today will be in the Panhandle, where more cloud cover, along with scattered rainfall will keep temperatures in the 80s.

High pressure in the eastern Gulf of Mexico remains in place, driving light winds (around 10 mph) across the state. Wind direction will vary on location due to the local sea breeze. With severe drought conditions ongoing, and dry air still in place, a high fire danger will continue again today. Thunderstorms are ongoing across the Western Panhandle this morning, but are weakening as they move east. Redevelopment of thunderstorms is likely this afternoon in the Panhandle, and rain chances will be 40-50% there. Thunderstorms will be more isolated in the Big Bend, with rain chances 20-30%. An isolated thunderstorm is also possible across far South Florida with the sea breeze collision this afternoon.

Tonight, winds will be calm and skies will be generally clear. This will allow fog formation across North Florida where humidity levels are higher. Visibilities in some locations may be below a half of a mile, but visibility issues will remain localized. Isolated thunderstorms will remain possible in the Western Panhandle. Lows will be in the 70s statewide.

A HIGH fire weather threat is forecast today across the Peninsula and Northeast Florida. Hot and dry weather will continue today for most with highs into the 90s. Relative humidity will drop to near critical levels, dropping to 35% across inland locations of Central and South Florida. Wind direction will vary on location and will generally be at 10mph. Stronger winds and wind shifts are likely with the sea breeze this afternoon, especially along the West Coast. A Red Flag Warning is in effect for Glades County, indicating that conditions can lead to extreme fire behavior. Also, a moderate fire weather threat is forecast for the rest of North Florida due to low relative humidity and elevated ERC values. 35 Florida counties continue to have burn bans in place.

A high to moderate risk for rip currents is forecast for all Panhandle beaches and East Coast beaches north of Palm Beach County due to winds around 10 mph. Wave heights will be 1-3’. The highest rip current risk will be for Walton, Bay, and Gulf County beaches. A low risk for rip currents is expected at all other Florida beaches today. Remember, rip currents can still occur on low risk days!

Gov. Scott Signs Legislation to Cut $180 Million in Taxes for Floridians

Governor Rick Scott signed HB 7109, which cuts taxes by $180 million for Florida families and businesses. This brings the total amount of taxes cut since Governor Scott has been in office to more than $6.7 billion.

Governor Scott said, I m proud to sign this legislation today that cuts more than $180 million in taxes for Florida families and businesses. Since I ve been in office, I ve fought to cut taxes and reduce burdensome regulations to help boost Florida s economy and ensure our children and grandchildren have the opportunity to succeed in our great state. Every time we cut taxes, we are encouraging businesses of all sizes to create opportunities for families across the state and more money is put back in taxpayers pockets.

The $180 million tax cut package includes:

  • Decreasing the Tax on Business Rents by $61 Million – Florida is the only state that has a tax on commercial leases which unfairly targets small businesses. This legislation reduces the tax on commercial leases by 0.2 percent in 2018, saving Florida businesses $61 million a year
  • Sales Tax Holidays to Save Families $37.9 Million –The tax cut package includes two sales tax holidays, which will save Florida families an estimated $37.9 million in the upcoming fiscal year. These sales tax holiday savings include:
    • $33.4 million from a 3-day back-to-school sales tax holiday (August 4-6, 2017).
    • $4.5 million from a 3-day disaster preparedness sales tax holiday (June 2-4, 2017). For more information visit www.floridarevenue.com .
  • Cutting Taxes for Low-Income Floridians and Florida Seniors: $32.7 million.
    • $6.9 million by expanding the property tax exemption for Assisted Living Facilities beginning in 2017.
    • $25.8 million by providing a 50 percent discount in property taxes to certain multifamily, low-income housing projects

To view a copy of the transmittal letter, click HERE .

To see the full bill, which includes the additional tax cuts, click HERE .

Gov. Scott Signs Legislation to Cut $180 Million in Taxes for Floridians

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