NWS: Tornadoes, Flooding Possible Across East Central Florida

MELBOURNE, Florida – A brief tornado and flooding is possible along east Central Florida as a result of a developing area of low pressure over the eastern Gulf of Mexico that will consolidate and drift slowly northward through tonight, according to the National Weather Service in Melbourne, Florida.

Regardless of tropical cyclone formation of the system, deep tropical moisture coupled with daytime heating will produce widespread rain with embedded showers and a few storms with cloud to ground lightning strikes in Central Florida, mainly during the afternoon.

Rainfall will be heavy at times today into tonight. Widespread totals of 1 to 2 inches are expected, with locally higher amounts of 3 to 5 inches in locations that receive multiple rounds of heavier showers or storms, especially near Central Florida’s east coast.

Motorists should reduce their speed when encountering heavy rain, and never drive into areas where water covers the roadway.

The local wind profile will support a threat for a brief tornado, especially around Lake Okeechobee and the southern Treasure Coast region. Isolated waterspouts are also possible.

Any storms which form will move northwest to north at near 20 MPH.