MELBOURNE, Florida - The National Weather Service in Melbourne, Florida has issued a Tornado Watch for most of Central Florida that will remain in effect until 10 P.M on Sunday, January 22, 2017.
The Florida counties included in the watch are: Brevard, Citrus, Desoto, Hardee, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lake, Manatee, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, Seminole, Sumter, and Volusia.
A Wind Advisory continues across all of east central Florida through midnight. South to southwest winds to 20 to 30 mph will gust up to 40 mph into this evening.
Scattered showers and a few lightning storms will develop north of a line from Kissimmee to New Smyrna Beach into late afternoon. This activity will move northeast at 40 to 50 mph.
Severe storms across the eastern Gulf of Mexico will move toward east central Florida north of a Kissimmee to Titusville line through early evening. The strongest storms will have the potential to produce damaging wind gusts in excess of 60 mph, hail around an inch in diameter, as well as isolated tornadoes.
A few strong, long-tracked tornadoes are possible. Storms are expected to move quickly toward the east northeast at 50 mph. These storms will then move farther south toward the Treasure coast into late evening and through midnight.
The National Weather Service advises that residents and visitors on Florida's Space Coast should review their emergency plans for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. Remain weather-aware today and into this evening, and know what to do if a warning is issued for your area. Also, ensure you have multiple ways to receive watch and warning information including through NOAA Weather Radio, your smart phone, local TV outlets, or a computer.
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