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A coastal storm will develop in northeast Florida Wednesday and linger through Friday. Adverse boating and beach conditions are expected from the First Coast to Daytona Beach. A strong onshore wind will develop later Wednesday that could gust as high as 30 knots at times. This will lead to rough surf and wave heights building to 5 to 8 feet through Friday. A Small Craft Advisory is in effect for the coastal waters from St. Augustine to southeast Georgia. There will also be a high rip current risk through the weekend at the area beaches. Boaters and swimmers are urged to use extreme caution when entering the waters anywhere from Southeast Georgia to the Space Coast.
In addition to the adverse conditions along the coast, periods of rain are likely over the next three days. It could be heavy at times, especially late Thursday and Friday. South of the storm system, primarily over inland areas of North-Central Florida, a few locally strong thunderstorms are possible in the afternoon hours Thursday and Friday. Rainfall amounts of one to two inches will be possible in most areas before the storm system pulls away by early Saturday.