Florida Tornado Watch In Effect Until 7 PM On March 20, 2018


A Tornado Watch is in effect for Central Florida and the northern Florida peninsula.

The Florida counties under the Tornado Watch are Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Brevard, Citrus, Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Flagler, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Hardee, Hernando, Hillsborough, Lafayette, Lake, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Nassau, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, Sumter, Suwannee, Taylor, Union, and Volusia.

A squall line is expected to develop ahead of a cold front and move into areas northwest of I-4 early this afternoon.

Ahead of this line, a few strong to severe storms will continue to form and push across the northern sections through early afternoon.

The line will push southward with a potential secondary band of showers and storms farther south over the Gulf of Mexico and moving rapidly eastward. This will lead to numerous showers and storms pushing quickly toward the east-northeast across east Central Florida around 55 to 60 mph through mid-to-late afternoon.

This activity will then shift south and offshore of the Treasure Coast by late evening.

Strong to severe storms will occur with this activity. Damaging wind gusts up to 60 to 70 mph and frequent lightning strikes will be the main threat from any severe storms. But large hail and isolated
tornadoes will also be possible.

These storms will also have the potential to produce isolated waterspouts over the intracoastal and adjacent Atlantic waters.

Make sure you have a way of receiving timely severe weather watches and warnings for your area.