Tornado Touches Down in Florida Monday

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16 Jan 2024 2:00 PM

On Monday afternoon a tornado touched down in Stuart, FL north of West Palm Beach on Florida's Atlantic Coastline. A weak frontal boundary lifting north along the peninsula provided the focus for the strong storms on Monday. Often times, these can enhance the spin of a storm in the lower levels.

Most of the country was concerned with wintry weather but leave it to Florida to keep severe weather close by! There was heavy rain in the region but just enough spin at the lower levels to produce a tornado!

Multiple reports came in as the tornado touched down near Stuart, along Florida's east side. The tornado warning that was issued was "observed" meaning a trained spotter or law enforcement saw the tornado on the ground. The National Weather Service office in Melbourne gave this tornado a preliminary rating EF-0 after surveying some of the damage Tuesday morning.

The threat of severe storms is in the forecast once again this afternoon. Damaging winds and a tornado or two can't be ruled out as we get into this afternoon. Have a way to get warnings throughout the day--we'll be tracking the latest all day-long with updates in your east regional forecast at :10 past every hour!

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