The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch that will remain in effect from 3:45 a.m until 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 14, 2019, for the following Florida counties:
Alachua, Brevard, Charlotte, Citrus, Desoto, Flagler, Hardee, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lake, Manatee, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, Sumter, and Volusia.
The primary threats include isolated damaging wind gusts of up to 70 mph and a tornado or two are possible.
Somewhat-organized thunderstorms are expected to move ashore from the Gulf of Mexico during the next several hours into a moistening and destabilizing air mass across the Central Florida peninsula and parts of north Florida.
Damaging gusts are the main concern but a tornado cannot be ruled out.
A Severe Thunderstorm Watch means conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area.
Persons in these areas should be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions and listen for later statements and possible warnings.
Severe thunderstorms can and occasionally do produce tornadoes.