ORLANDO, Florida – Wet and windy weather will put a damper on Memorial Day barbeques and beach trips on Monday, May 25, 2020, according to the National Weather Service.
Numerous showers and scattered lightning storms will move across east Central Florida today with the primary threat being occasional cloud to ground lightning strikes.
A couple of tornadoes are possible as well with some of the stronger storms. This threat will be highest along the coast as storms move onshore.
Conditions are favorable for waterspouts to develop as showers and thunderstorms move onshore through this evening. The threat will be highest south of the Cape.
Moderate to occasionally heavy rains will spread northward across the region this morning. Rain amounts will be heavier along the Treasure and Space Coasts to Lake Okeechobee early this morning, upwards of one to two inches by 9 AM.
Rain chances will then increase across the theme parks to Metro Orlando and through mid-morning, Cape Canaveral, with locally heavy rainfall possible.
East winds will increase to 20 to 25 mph with higher gusts this evening, mostly along the barrier islands and intracoastal waterways of Volusia and Brevard Counties.
A Flood Watch is in effect for Martin, Saint Lucie, Indian River, Okeechobee, Brevard, Osceola, Orange and Seminole Counties through Tuesday morning. Bands of heavy rainfall will move across east central Florida today and tonight with localized flooding possible.
Expect widespread rainfall amounts of 4 to 6 inches with isolated amounts up to 8 to 10 inches possible along the Treasure Coast and into Brevard and Osceola Counties.
In Orange and Seminole Counties, expect widespread amounts of 2 to 4 inches with isolated amounts up to 6 inches possible.
Any persistent heavy rainfall could lead to flooding of roadways, low-lying and poor drainage areas, and quick rises of water in retention ponds, culverts, and canals.
Remember, Turn Around Don’t Drown! It is not safe to drive a vehicle across a flooded road. If you come across a flooded roadway, find another route.
There is a high risk of rip currents at all east central Florida beaches today. Rip currents can sweep even the best swimmers away from shore into deeper water. Think twice about entering the surf today. If you choose to do so, swim near a lifeguard.
Numerous rescues have been reported by authorities this holiday weekend due to the hazardous surf conditions.