Monday, March 12, 2018

Lake Wind Advisory For East Central Florida

The National Weather Service has issued a Lake Wind Advisory for Volusia, Lake, Orange, Seminole, Brevard, Osceola, Indian River, Okeechobee, St. Lucie, and Martin counties that will remain in effect from noon today until 8 p.m. tonight.

West winds will increase to 20 to 25 mph by mid-to-late afternoon with gusts to around 35 mph as scattered showers and isolated lighting storms develop out ahead of a strong cold front.

Cells will move rapidly from the west to the east at 45 to 55 mph. This will take activity quickly off of the east coast and across the intracoastal and near shore Atlantic waters.

The greatest threats this morning will be north of I-4 and also further south across Okeechobee County and the Treasure Coast. Threats from the strongest cells include occasional lightning strike, brief heavy downpours, and gusty winds of 35 to 45 mph.

The gusty winds will create choppy conditions across inland lakes. Boaters should exercise caution and always wear a life jacket on the water.

Small Craft Advisories are also in effect for the local coastal waters for the increasing winds and building seas. A Gale Warning will go into effect this afternoon for offshore marine legs north of Sebastian Inlet, as frequent gusts to gale force are forecast. Seas will build through late tonight up to 8 to 11 feet over the Gulf Stream.

Small boats will be especially prone to capsizing.