Friday, January 15, 2016

Severe Thunderstorms, Tornadoes Possible Across Florida


UPDATE: At 9:35 A.M., Doppler radar continued to show areas of light to moderate rainfall across east central Florida. This area will move rapidly northeast at around 40 mph. Further west, a solid line of showers and thunderstorms was moving rapidly east toward Lake and north Volusia counties. 

At the rate they are moving, this line remains forecast to pass across the I-4 corridor between 10 AM and Noon, Brevard, Orange, and Osceola counties between 11 AM and 2 PM, then Okeechobee and the Treasure Coast between 1 pm and 5 pm.

This fast-moving line of showers and storms will bring torrential downpours, strong to damaging wind gusts, with a few rotating storm cells having the potential to produce a tornado.

Persons in east central Florida should listen for further updates regarding the potential for severe storms today, and be prepared to take protective action should any warnings be issued.


ORLANDO, Florida - Severe thunderstorms and tornadoes are possible throughout the Florida Panhandle, Central Florida, and parts of South Florida today, according to the National Weather Service.

At 5 a.m. on Friday, Doppler radar showed areas of light rain with embedded heavier showers increasing across east central Florida, especially from Brevard and Osceola Counties southward. This area of rain was moving northeast at about 40 MPH while the embedded heavier showers were moving northward at around 30 MPH.


Farther upstream over the northeast Gulf of Mexico, a storm system centered near Pensacola had produced a developing squall line of strong to severe storms, which was moving rapidly east to northeast.

Through the early morning hours, rain end a few heavier showers will continue to spread north and east, while the squall line approaches the west coast of Florida. Out ahead of this line, increasing winds and shear, coupled with strong jet stream winds well up in the atmosphere will result in increasingly favorable conditions for fast moving showers and thunderstorms to develop over east central Florida. Some of these could produce strong or damaging wind gusts, with a few rotating storm cells having the potential to produce a tornado.

Persons in east Central Florida and northern parts of South Florida should listen for further updates regarding the potential for severe storms today, and be prepared to take protective action should any warnings be issued.

A Lake Wind Advisory is also in effect for Central Florida.

WEATHER RADAR