Thursday, September 1, 2016

Tornadoes, Waterspouts Possible Across East Central Florida Thursday

BREVARD COUNTY, Florida - The formation of tornadoes and waterspouts are possible today and tonight across east Central Florida, according to a Hazardous Weather Outlook issued by the National Weather Service office in Melbourne, Florida, on Thursday, September 1, 2016.

With Tropical Storm Hermine now moving north and northeast toward Florida's Big Bend today into tonight, the Florida peninsula finds itself situated in the front quadrant that is favorable for environmental winds conducive to support storms with rotating updrafts as the day unfolds, especially within convective bands. 

The National Weather Service says that the best chances for a few small and short- lived tornadoes will be during the mid to late afternoon with the earliest focus over the west peninsula and overall greatest focus over the north peninsula. However, an elevated threat for isolated tornadoes also exists for the east peninsula. 

There is also a slight risk for heavy rain to result in localized flooding, especially north and west of Interstate 4 where an additional 1 to 3 inches may occur. 

Infographic credit: National Weather Service