Severe Thunderstorm Watch Issued For Central Florida

Severe Thunderstorm Watch Central Florida April 20, 2020

The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for the following Central Florida counties that will remain in effect until 3 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Monday, April 20, 2020:

BREVARD, CITRUS, HARDEE, HERNANDO, HILLSBOROUGH, LAKE, LEVY, MANATEE, ORANGE, OSCEOLA, PASCO, PINELLAS, POLK, SARASOTA, SEMINOLE, SUMTER, and VOLUSIA.

A line showers and storms ahead of an approaching weak cold front will approach Lake and Volusia counties around mid to late morning and progress quickly eastward across east Central Florida today, reaching Okeechobee County and the Treasure Coast later this afternoon into early this evening.

Numerous strong to scattered severe storms will be possible with this activity, producing wind gusts locally up to 60 to 70 mph and hail to quarter size.

An isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.

The storms will move toward the east at 45 to 50 mph.

Fast-moving storms will generally keep rainfall amounts around 0.25 inches or less.

However, localized higher rainfall of 0.50 inches to 1-inch amounts is possible.

East Central Florida Thunderstorm timing

The timing of the greatest weather impacts will be 9 AM to 2 PM across the I-4 corridor, 12 pm to 5 pm southward through Brevard, Osceola, north Indian River, and north Okeechobee counties. Then, 5 PM to 9 PM southward through Saint Lucie and Martin counties.

Any particular area will generally see up to 2 to 3 hours of showers and storms.

It will be very warm and windy today, with highs near record values and sustained southwest winds reaching 20 to 25 mph, gusting to 35 mph.

A Lake Wind Advisory is in effect for all of east Central Florida.