Friday, January 22, 2016

Severe Thunderstorms, Tornadoes Possible Across Central Florida

ORLANDO, Florida - Severe thunderstorms and tornadoes are possible throughout Central Florida today, according to the National Weather Service which has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for east Central Florida that will remain in effect until 5 p.m. on Friday, January 22, 2016.

A fast moving line of showers and storms over the eastern Gulf of Mexico will push eastward up to 40 to 45 mph and sweep across east central Florida late this morning into the afternoon. Strong to isolated severe storms will be possible as this line moves through the area and the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center has a slight risk of severe weather outlooked over Central Florida today

The primary weather hazards will be strong-to-locally damaging wind gusts up to 50 to 60 mph, lightning strikes and heavy rainfall. An isolated threat for a brief tornado on land and waterspout over water will also exist over the area.

Out ahead of this main line of convection, scattered showers and possibly a storm or two will move northeast across east central Florida this morning. Light to moderate rainfall will occur with any of this activity and occasional cloud to ground lightning and gusty winds will be possible with any storms