Thursday, April 6, 2017

Severe Thunderstorms, Tornadoes Possible Across East Central Florida

Severe thunderstorms with the potential of tornadoes are moving across East Central Florida early Thursday morning.

According to the National Weather Service, a pre-frontal squall line pushing into northern Lake and Volusia Counties will sweep southward to around the Interstate 4 corridor by sunrise, and across the Space and Treasure Coasts and the Lake Okeechobee region throughout Thursday morning. By early afternoon, the squall line along with its storms will have moved south and east of the areas.

These storms will move rapidly toward the east at around 45 to 50 mph, and will have the potential to produce strong damaging wind gusts in excess of 57 mph, a brief tornado, hail up to quarter size, frequent lightning and torrential downpours totaling 1 to 2 inches of rainfall within a 60-to-90 minute period.

A TORNADO WATCH is in effect for areas along the I-4 Corridor, including Lake, Volusia, Seminole, and Orange Counties.