A cold front that will push through Florida tonight could produce strong to severe thunderstorms, damaging wind gusts, heavy rainfall, and isolated tornadoes and waterspouts, according to the National Weather Service.
Later tonight, especially between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m., the threat for strong to severe storms will increase as an organized band or bands of storms will develop ahead of another approaching front in Central Florida.
Make sure you have a method for receiving severe weather alerts, and be prepared to move to a safe area in your home away from windows should any warnings be issued tonight.
The risk of severe weather and tornadoes increases in a southerly and southeasterly direction down the Florida peninsula from Central Florida to South Florida.
Tornado Watch vs. Tornado Warning
Tornado Watch: Be Prepared! Tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. Review and discuss your emergency plans and check supplies and your safe room. Be ready to act quickly if a warning is issued or you suspect a tornado is approaching.
Tornado Warning: Take Action! A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. There is an imminent danger to life and property. Move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If in a mobile home, a vehicle, or outdoors, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris.
Localized Flooding Possible
Rain will become widespread and heavy at times this evening through the overnight hours. Through sunrise Monday, rainfall totals of 1 to 2 inches will be common. Locally higher amounts of up to 3 to 5 inches are possible.
This rainfall may result in localized flooding and ponding of water on roads and in urban and other poorly drained low lying areas.
Remember to never drive into water of unknown depth. Reduce your speed whenever you approach ponding of water on roads in order to avoid hydroplaning.