Fire and Flood
Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency Tuesday as over 100 wildfires continue to burn. This makes 2017 the most active fire season in Florida since 2011. Much of the state is in a state of moderate to severe drought and conditions will remain favorable for the ignition and spread of wildfires because no beneficial rain is expected through the Easter weekend. Some of Florida's more popular tourist areas, including St. George Island and areas to the north of Orlando, are affected by the fires and tourists are advised to be aware of the wildfire situation if they are planning to visit the Sunshine State this Easter weekend.
Several communities in central Texas are dealing with an unpleasant surplus of water. Late Monday night and Tuesday morning, some locations measured over eight inches of rain. Some of the hardest hit locations include Belton, San Marcos, Killeen, Nolanville, and Temple. Near Fort Hood, the search continues for the occupant of a vehicle that was swept away by flooding along Clear Creek. In Killeen, over 30 water rescues were made and 50 rescues were performed in San Marcos. The good news is that the weather pattern will cooperate with recovery efforts with only slight chances for rain in the forecast during the next few days.