Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Severe Weather, Tornadoes Possible Across Central Florida Today

ORLANDO, Florida - Numerous showers and scattered strong storms over the eastern Gulf of Mexico will move on shore of west central Florida just after sunrise and then continue to move across the Florida peninsula through the morning and afternoon hours, according to the National Weather Service in Melbourne, Florida. 

A few cells may be strong to severe with damaging wind gusts, torrential downpours and frequent lightning. An isolated tornado cannot be ruled out along and north of the I-4 corridor later this morning. 

A windy day is expected with unseasonably warm temperatures in the upper 70s to low 80s. A Wind Advisory has been issued for all of east central Florida today. South to southwest winds are expected to become sustained at 20 to 25 mph with occasional gusts to around 35 mph.

The timing for the showers and storms will be around 9 a.m. for Lake County, 10 a.m. to noon along the I-4 corridor, and then advancing to Brevard County between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.. The storms will finally push across Okeechobee County and the Treasure Coast between 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Deteriorating marine conditions will occur today ahead of the strong weather system. A Small Craft Advisory will be in place over the coastal waters with a Gale Warning for offshore marine legs north of Sebastian Inlet.

A moderate threat for strong rip currents will be possible at area beaches.

Image credit: National Weather Service