FEMA has awarded an additional $33 million in public assistance grants for Hurricane Michael cleanup and repairs in Bay, Washington and Leon Counties.

Nearly two years after Hurricane Michael, FEMA has sent almost $1.2 billion to the state to reimburse local governments, state agencies and nonprofits for repair work and recovery.

That amount is expected to grow as communities rebuild.

This photo was posted on the Castillo de San Marcos National Mounment's Facebook page Sunday, showing flooding at the monument's Downtown St. Augustine parking lot.
Castillo de San Marcos National Mounment / Via Facebook

With flooding in St. Augustine due to rain, high tides and Hurricane Teddy in the Atlantic Ocean, the city is offering residents free parking at the multi-level Historic Downtown Park Facility Monday, Sept. 21, and Tuesday, Sept. 22.

San Marco saw some street flooding over the weekend.

The beaches will continue to experience unusually high surf and tides, dangerous currents and strong winds through Monday.

Another tropical system has emerged in the Gulf of Mexico, just days after Hurricane Sally slammed Alabama and the Florida Panhandle.

This one, however, is not forecast to impact Florida.

As of Friday afternoon, Tropical Depression 22 was located about 275 miles east-northeast of Tampico, Mexico, in the western Gulf of Mexico, and moving to the north-northeast at 7 mph. Maximum sustained winds were 35 mph with higher gusts.

Sixteen years to the day Hurricane Ivan slammed into Gulf Shores, Alabama, Hurricane Sally did the same early Wednesday – also as a Category-2 storm. 

Along with unleashing 105 mile an hour winds on the Panhandle, a slow-moving Sally deluged the Gulf Coast with up to 30 inches of rain from Pensacola Beach westward to Dauphin Island, Alabama — causing dangerous flooding along the coastline and well inland in the days ahead. Now, the cleanup begins.

Just one day after Hurricane Sally slammed the Florida Panhandle and Alabama, dumping as much as 30 inches of rain, forecasters with the National Hurricane Center said they are monitoring another system that could emerge in the Gulf of Mexico later this week.

Early Thursday morning, the area of disturbed weather was located in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, just off the Mexican coast.

Tropics Remain Active; No Immediate Threats to Florida

Sep 17, 2020

Sally is leaving the Sunshine State, but the tropics remain active with two named storms and possibly two more on the horizon, including a system in the western Gulf of Mexico.

Tornado and Flood Risk from Sally Now Moving East

Sep 16, 2020

Flash flooding and a few tornadoes remain possible through Wednesday night across portions of the Florida Panhandle and North Florida.

Thunderstorm cells embedded in the outer rain bands of Hurricane #Sally may rotate and produce a tornado, and repeating nature of the cells within the band could lead to flash flooding.

A Tornado Watch has been issued all areas of the Florida Panhandle from Tallahassee to Crestview through 6 pm CDT Wednesday, but it could be expanded to areas farther east later in the afternoon or evening.


JEA is sending 30 people to the Florida Panhandle to assist with Hurricane Sally recovery.

A state of emergency declared by Governor Ron DeSantis ahead of Hurricane Sally's landfall was extended to several Big Bend counties Tuesday.

Citing a risk of storm surge, heavy rainfall, severe flooding and other dangerous weather events possible from Hurricane Sally, the governor extended a state of Emergency to the following North Florida counties:

Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty, Okaloosa, Walton, and Washington.

DeSantis declared a state of emergency for Escambia and Santa Rosa counties on Monday.

Updated at 11:17 p.m. ET

Hurricane Sally brought 100-mph winds and the threat of historic flooding to southeastern Alabama and the western Florida Panhandle on Wednesday after making landfall as a Category 2 storm. Some isolated areas in its path could see nearly 3 feet of rain.

Category 2 Hurricane Sally Moving Ashore

Sep 16, 2020

Hurricane Sally strengthened to a category 2 storm during the overnight hours of Tuesday with top sustained winds of 105 mph. The northern and eastern eyewall was moving over the Alabama coastline and Escambia county, Florida based on radar observations early Wednesday morning. The center of the eye is forecast to come ashore between Mobile and Pensacola during the mid hours of Wednesday. Hurricane force conditions were occurring in the western Panhandle based on ground reports from wind sensors.

Days of heavy rain may lead to historic flooding over parts of the central Gulf coast, including the western Florida Panhandle.

Sally, which soaked much of South Florida this weekend, is now set to bring tropical storm force conditions and torrential rain to the Panhandle coastline starting Monday afternoon.

A tropical storm or hurricane is not expected to threaten Florida this weekend. However, an abundance of tropical moisture from a nearby tropical wave could lead to repeating downpours and possible flooding in portions of the state.

Athena Masson is Changing How We Measure Hurricanes

Sep 10, 2020

When Dr. Athena Masson was 3 years old, Hurricane Andrew devastated her South Beach community. She remembers hearing meteorologist Bryan Norcross on the radio, telling listeners they were evacuating the TV station. She remembers him saying, 'You need to find a mattress and put it over your head, and that mattress is going to save you.'

System In Atlantic Could Make For Wet Weekend Across Florida

Sep 10, 2020

The National Hurricane Center is monitoring an area of unsettled weather in the Atlantic that has a small chance of development but could still make for a wet weekend across Florida.

Forecasters with the National Hurricane Center say the system was located about 200 miles northeast of the Bahamas as of Thursday morning and drifting west toward Florida.

It has a 20 percent chance of further development in the next five days as it approaches Florida on Friday and heads toward the eastern Gulf of Mexico, according to the hurricane center.

Two new tropical storms formed in the central and eastern Atlantic Monday, but neither are expected to be a threat to the United States at this time.

Tropical Depression Fifteen Forms off Southeast U.S. Coast

Aug 31, 2020

The National Hurricane Center began issuing advisories on Tropical Depression Fifteen late Monday afternoon, located 190 miles to the south-southwest of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Aside from high surf and strong rip currents along the Atlantic Coast, this system poses no direct threat to the United States and is expected to continue out to sea.

Updated at 11:50 p.m. ET

Tropical Storm Marco has made landfall near the mouth of the Mississippi River but it is Tropical Storm Laura that has Louisiana and Texas residents bracing for what could be the strongest storm since 2005's Hurricane Rita — still ranked as the most intense tropical cyclone on record in the Gulf of Mexico.

Marco soaking the Panhandle; Laura to Bring Squalls to the Keys

Aug 24, 2020

Rain from Tropical Storm Marco is likely to bring areas of flash flooding to the Florida Panhandle Monday and Monday night, while the Florida Keys get brushed from Tropical Storm Laura as it enters the Gulf of Mexico.


Updated as of 9:30 AM Friday:

Reconnaissance aircraft found that Tropical Depression 13 strengthened to Tropical Storm Laura in the eastern Caribbean Sea about 230 miles east-southeast of the Leeward Islands. The tropical storm is disorganized, but is expected to bring squally weather to the islands today. There have been no changes to the forecast track or anticipated intensity of the storm, but an update will be issued around 11 AM Friday with possible adjustments.

Original Story from 8:00 AM Friday:

Tropical Depression 14 is nearing tropical storm status as it passes near the coast of Nicaragua and Honduras. It poses a direct threat to Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula this weekend, and likely the central or western Gulf coast of the United States during the middle of next week.

Update as of 11 AM

Forecasters are monitoring two tropical waves that could further develop later this week as they move west – and possibly toward the Gulf of Mexico.

The traditionally busier weeks of the Atlantic hurricane season are upon us, and two new tropical storms may develop this week.  

Scientists recently went on their annual excursion to the "dead zone" in the northern Gulf of Mexico, only to find that tropical weather disrupted the data.

Tropical Storm Josephine - already the tenth named storm of the season - formed in the central Atlantic Thursday, but is not expected to be a threat to the United States.

As of late Thursday evening, Josephine was located 760 miles east-southeast of the northern Leeward Islands, had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph, and was moving west-northwestward at 17 mph. This trajectory will likely keeping Josephine north of the  Lesser Antilles and far enough away to prevent significant impacts to any land areas.

Tropical Depression Eleven has formed in the central Atlantic, but it poses no immediate threat to the Sunshine State.

A more organized center of circulation was noted on satellite data Tuesday afternoon around a tropical wave located 900 miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands, and this prompted the National Hurricane Center to begin advisories on Tropical Depression Eleven.

Colorado State University (CSU) released its final Atlantic hurricane season forecast for 2020, raising the number of tropical storms and hurricanes from their previous forecasts and now calling for an “extremely active” hurricane season.