MELBOURNE, Florida – The National Weather Service has issued a special marine warning at 5:01 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 due to the possible formation of waterspouts along the coasts and intercoastal waterways along Flagler, Volusia, Brevard and Indian River Counties that will remain in effect until 6:00 p.m.
At 4:59 p.m. EDT, a long line of strong thunderstorms capable of producing wind gusts over 34 knots and brief waterspouts was approaching the east Florida coast along a line extending from 7 nm west of Ormond-By-the-Sea to 9 nm west of Canaveral Groves to Saint Lucie Nuclear Power Plant, moving north at 20 knots.
Waterspouts can can quickly form and capsize boats, damage vessels and create locally hazardous seas. Make sure all on board are wearing life jackets.
Expect wind gusts in excess of 34 knots, suddenly higher waves, lightning and heavy downpours. Make sure all on board are wearing life jackets. Return to safe harbor if possible.
Locations impacted include Orchid, Floridana Beach, Fort Pierce Ocean Park, Queens Cove and Melbourne Beach.