A severe thunderstorm watch was issued for west-central Florida Friday, lasting until 10 p.m. eastern.
The alerts as of 5:30 p.m. eastern Friday
A severe thunderstorm watch means that there is a potential for severe thunderstorms carrying damaging wind, hail, and/or an isolated tornado. When you hear a 'warning' that is when a storm has formed and is moving toward a certain location. Listen out for any warnings this evening!
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Here's the estimated timing of the storms:
Forecast radar at 7 p.m. eastern Friday where yellows, oranges, and reds show the heaviest rain and thunderstorms.
Forecast radar at 9 p.m. eastern Friday where yellows, oranges, and reds show the heaviest rain and thunderstorms.
Forecast radar at 11 p.m. eastern Friday where yellows, oranges, and reds show the heaviest rain and thunderstorms.
Individual thunderstorms will move to the northeast between 30 and 40 miles per hour. The entire line (along the blue-colored cold front here) will be moving very slowly to the east. If you don't get thunderstorms out of this, you'll likely get heavy rain!
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Forecast rainfall through Saturday evening, December 15 where yellow shows 2-3", orange 3-4", and reds 5"+
Pockets of flooding will accompany the severe weather threat through Friday night. Especially after dark, be weary of your surroundings and any hazardous weather that may be coming through!
The water vapor image around 5 p.m. eastern Friday showed a large area of low pressure pressing along the Gulf of Mexico coastline. Out ahead of it (to the east, right) was plentiful moisture and heavy rain. That's where we'll have the greatest potential of a severe thunderstorm and pockets of flooding.
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For WeatherNation, Meteorologist Steve Glazier