ORLANDO, Florida - The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center has issued a tornado watch for most of Central and Southwest Florida that will remain in effect until 8 P.M.
According the the National Weather Service in Melbourne, Florida, the line of strong to severe storms has sped up this afternoon and is currently moving through the Big Bend region and into the west coast of Florida. This line is quickly moving to the east at around 45 to 50 mph with individual storms moving off to northeast at 45 to 55 mph.
Isolated showers and storms are developing ahead of this line and currently moving across the I-4 corridor. The strongest storms are expected to move across the Florida peninsula over the next few hours, affecting Lake county starting around 2 pm, the Orlando Metro, Daytona, and remainder of the I-4 corridor and Northern Brevard around 3 to 4 p.m., and Brevard and Southern Osceola by 4 p.m. The line is expected to lose some intensity as it moves further south, with storms moving into Okeechobee and the Treasure Coast after 5 p.m.
Most storms within the line will be capable of producing wind gusts to
50 mph, with a few storms becoming severe and producing damaging gusts
in excess of 60 mph.
A few storms within the line will have the capability to produce tornadoes, especially those interacting with any existing low level boundaries across the region such as lakes or the coast. Frequent lightning and locally heavy rain will accompany any activity that develops through the afternoon.
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