Published: Jan 25, 2011 8:19 PM EST
Updated: Jan 25, 2011 5:19 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla  -- State and local emergency management officials are urging residents and visitors along the Florida Peninsula to stay alert and exercise caution as a potentially severe storm system moves east into the state today and tonight. 

“The Storm Prediction Center has placed all of the Florida Peninsula and far eastern Florida Big Bend in an area for an enhanced risk of severe storms from Tuesday afternoon through early Wednesday morning,” said State Meteorologist Amy Godsey. “This severe weather threat will persist overnight and we strongly encourage residents and visitors across the region to monitor this weather system and to be prepared to act if warnings are issued.”

This storm system will have the potential to produce tornadoes, damaging wind gusts and hail, especially during the overnight hours, along with one to three inches of rain. Residents and visitors to the state should monitor local media outlets and ensure that their NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio alert settings are turned on.