Tornado Watch Posted North of I-4 Corridor

Update 2:34 p.m. News Channel 8 is doing a livestream as the storm line moves through.

Update 2:22 p.m. The FAA places Tampa International Airport under a ground stop for incoming flights due to weather conditions.

TAMPA -- The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for much of north and central Florida until 5:00 p.m. eastern.

The watch includes Pasco, Hernando, and Citrus counties, as well as counties north of Polk and Osceola, including Orange and Seminole counties (Orlando-Sanford).

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Tornado Watch Number 86

NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK

1040 AM EDT Wed Apr 3 2024

The NWS Storm Prediction Center has issued a

* Tornado Watch for portions of

  North and central Florida

  Coastal Waters

* Effective this Wednesday morning and afternoon from 1040 AM

  until 500 PM EDT.

* Primary threats include...

  A couple tornadoes possible

  Isolated damaging wind gusts to 70 mph possible

SUMMARY...A pre-frontal band of thunderstorms will continue to

develop slowly southeastward from north into central Florida through

the afternoon.  Embedded storms will be capable of producing

damaging winds of 60-70 mph, while the potential for a couple of

tornadoes will be greater with any isolated supercells that can form

just ahead of the main line of storms.

The tornado watch area is approximately along and 60 statute miles

north and south of a line from 60 miles south southwest of Cross

City FL to 25 miles east of St Augustine FL. For a complete

depiction of the watch see the associated watch outline update



REMEMBER...A Tornado Watch means conditions are favorable for

tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch

area. Persons in these areas should be on the lookout for

threatening weather conditions and listen for later statements

and possible warnings.



AVIATION...Tornadoes and a few severe thunderstorms with hail

surface and aloft to 0.5 inches. Extreme turbulence and surface wind

gusts to 60 knots. A few cumulonimbi with maximum tops to 500. Mean

storm motion vector 25040.


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