Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Waterspouts Possible Off Of Central Florida Coast

BREVARD COUNTY, Florida - The formation of waterspouts along Florida's Space Coast are possible today and tonight, according to a Hazardous Weather Outlook issued by the National Weather Service office in Melbourne, Florida, on Wednesday, August 31, 2016.

The potential for waterspouts is due to deep tropical moisture that is causing widespread showers and isolated lightning storms over the Atlantic waters.

A few of the quick moving squalls will produce torrential downpours, gusty winds to around 40 mph and occasional lightning strikes. 

Locations that receive more than one round of showers could have rainfall amounts around 2 inches, which would cause considerable ponding of water on roadways and other poorly drained areas. 

In additional to waterspouts, the combination of ocean swell and local tides will result in a high risk for dangerous rip currents at the Central Florida Atlantic coast beaches. While the rip risk will be in place all day, the highest threat will occur from late morning through late afternoon.

Photo: 2015 waterspouts off Brevard County, Florida. Courtesy of: Lori Daucus