A line of strong thunderstorms is approaching the west coast of central Florida. These storms will move across the watch area, posing the risk of locally damaging wind gusts and perhaps a tornado.
SEL8 URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED Severe Thunderstorm Watch Number 438 NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 405 PM EST Fri Dec 14 2018 The NWS Storm Prediction Center has issued a * Severe Thunderstorm Watch for portions of Central Florida Coastal Waters * Effective this Friday afternoon and evening from 405 PM until 1000 PM EST. * Primary threats include... Scattered damaging wind gusts to 70 mph possible A tornado or two possible SUMMARY...A line of strong thunderstorms is approaching the west coast of central Florida. These storms will move across the watch area, posing the risk of locally damaging wind gusts and perhaps a tornado. The severe thunderstorm watch area is approximately along and 50 statute miles north and south of a line from 80 miles east northeast of Saint Petersburg FL to 35 miles west northwest of Sarasota FL. For a complete depiction of the watch see the associated watch outline update (WOUS64 KWNS WOU8). PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... REMEMBER...A Severe Thunderstorm Watch means conditions are favorable for 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. Severe thunderstorms can and occasionally do produce tornadoes. && AVIATION...A few severe thunderstorms with hail surface and aloft to 1 inch. Extreme turbulence and surface wind gusts to 60 knots. A few cumulonimbi with maximum tops to 500. Mean storm motion vector 24035. ...Hart
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