Mayor Andrew Gillum flanked by city and county officials, including John Dailey (left) speaking about Hurricane Irma prep.
Nick Evans

Just over a year ago, Tallahassee was clearing up the damage after Hurricane Hermine.  That was a Category 1 storm, and now local officials are prepping for a massive, Category 5 hurricane bearing down on the state.

Tropical Depression Six which developed into Tropical Storm Emily
NOAA and National Weather Service

Floridians are coping with rain and flooding after Tropical Storm Emily developed seemingly from nothing Sunday night. 

Okaloosa County Website

In an effort to save funds, officials want residents to switch to Alert Okaloosa. 

Florida Public Broadcasting Stations

Flood Watches have now been extended further west, to include the entire Florida Panhandle through Wednesday evening. Periods of moderate to heavy rain will continue to move through this region until late Wednesday.

Rainfall amounts of three to six inches are projected, with locally higher amounts possible near the immediate coast.

This is in addition to the rain that has already fallen over the past three days. The Flood Watch along the Nature Coast and Florida’s Big Bend is set to expire Tuesday evening.

MGN Online

With different areas of the state experiencing widespread flooding, state and local officials are warning residents to be careful of scams and ensuring they get proper relief.

The Florida Channel

A week after record flooding swept through Pensacola, state, federal and local authorities are still trying to assess the extent of damage. Florida Governor Rick Scott joined state and local politicians at the Escambia County Commission meeting Thursday morning.

Capital Report: 04-30-2014

Apr 30, 2014

The divisions among Florida Senators when it comes to whether undocumented students should be charged in-state tuition rates are becoming clearer, ahead of a planned vote on the issue Thursday. Lynn Hatter reports the Senate has changed the bill to reduce tuition rates for other groups of students as well.

You may have heard of the never-ending story.  That tale could be about the reform of Florida’s public pension system.  Sascha Cordner reports that overhaul seems up in the air once again after a procedural move in the state senate today.

A Snow Day Without Snow

Jan 29, 2014
R.Benk / WFSU-News

Because of the rare cold weather in Tallahassee, Florida State University canceled classes Wednesday, much to the delight of students, many of whom ventured outside -- buttoned up from head to toe -- to catch a glimpse of their first snowfall and snap shots of frozen fountains.But, when a group of students arrived at one fountain, they were sorely disappointed. Instead of a still and frozen body of water, they were greeted by the sound of rushing water.

Regan McCarthy

In anticipation of stormy weather and an influx of calls, officials say they’re keeping the city of Tallahassee’s call center open through the night. 

Heather Kidd won’t be doing the overnight shift, she’s just working an hour extra on this day, and so far she’s fielded a few calls, but nothing urgent.

"Actually, it’s quite calm, you know, the calm before the storm as they always say,"  Kidd said.

Winter Storm Could Spawn Tornadoes In Tallahassee Tuesday

Nov 25, 2013
Florida Public Radio Emergency Network

Forecasters say severe thunderstorms and tornadoes are possible in the Tallahassee area tomorrow. The threat is greatest close to the coast from Panama City to the Big Bend.

The National Weather Service predicts rain in Tallahassee from early Tuesday morning until at least sundown. However, meteorologist Jeff Fournier says the greatest threat is at the coast. But he says a wide swath of land from the Gulf Coast to South Central Georgia could see severe weather more associated with summer conditions.

Biggest Threat From Tropical Storm Andrea: Tornadoes

Jun 6, 2013

Most of Florida is under a tornado watch as Tropical Storm Andrea makes landfall. The quick-moving storm is expected to cut through Florida and head into Georgia by midnight.

Tropical Storm Andrea is moving from the Gulf of Mexico across to Jacksonville on the East Coast, with the eye of the storm expected to make landfall in northern Dixie county around 3 p.m. Florida Governor Rick Scott says, the whole state needs to be alert.

Update: 9:30 p.m. Wednesday:

The first named storm of Atlantic season, Andrea, has formed over the Gulf of Mexico and is likely to bring wet weather to parts of Florida's west coast by the end of the week.

Forecasters issued a tropical storm warning for the west coast of Florida from Boca Grande to an area along the coast south of Tallahassee.

Andrea had maximum sustained winds near 40 miles per hour, as of Wednesday evening. It was moving north, and forecasters expected the storm to move northeastward on Thursday.

Debby Leaves Florida with Floods, Holes and Seven Deaths

Jun 29, 2012
Flooded corn field
Elena Toro / Suwannee County Extension

Tropical Storm Debby, later downgraded to a tropical depression, caused floods, destroyed homes and took the lives of seven Floridians this week, leaving a mark on most of the state. Even though Debby has made her exit from Florida, officials are just beginning to assess the damage she left behind and figure out how to recover.

Debby smacked into Florida early on Sunday after marinating in the Gulf of Mexico for a day. In the early morning, she spawned tornadoes that left a South Florida mother dead.

Flooded road
Jessica Palombo / WFSU-FM

Debby has been downgraded from a tropical storm to a tropical depression, and she continues her slow, eastward trek across Northern and Central Florida. The storm is bringing flash floods and the threat of tornadoes to major cities like Tampa, Orlando and Jacksonville. After Debby formed in the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday, many areas have been drenched for days by torrential rains. And rivers continue to rise and displace people from their homes.

Leon Co. Opens Storm Shelter As Debby Drenches Panhandle

Jun 25, 2012
Sign that reads "Shelter"
Jessica Palombo / WFSU-FM

Leon Co. residents who need to evacuate from their homes can take shelter at the Florida State University High School, located at 3000 School House Road off of Capital Circle Southeast.

Flash flood warnings and mandatory evacuations continue as Tropical Storm Debby churns just off the coast of Florida’s Big Bend. Fla. Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency, and the National Weather Service predicts the Panhandle won’t see any relief from wet weather for at least two more days.


 Big Bend area residents should try to keep warm at least for the next day or two, especially with Tuesday night being the coldest night of the winter season so far. As Sascha Cordner reports, though Wednesday won't be as cold, it will still be chilly.

New Year's Day marked the winter season's first hard freeze, and the temperature gradually got worse on Tuesday with lows in the mid-20s. But, Tallahassee Meteorologist Don Van Dyke with the National Weather Service says Wednesday should be a bit better as well as for the rest of the week: