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Strong cold front moving across Florida bringing strong winds, rain

Florida Today logo Florida Today 4/19/2019 Cheryl McCloud

a close up of a map: Severe storms possible April 19, 2019. © Provided by Gannett Co., Inc. Severe storms possible April 19, 2019. Get ready for a windy, rainy day ahead of a strong cold front.

Winds of 20 to 25 mph are expected today, with gusts hitting 30 to 35 mph.

Conditions are forecast to be even worse offshore. The National Weather Service warned boating conditions will be very hazardous today, with gusts up to gale force over Atlantic waters and seas reaching 9 to 11 feet.

The cold front is expected to cross east Central Florida tonight, preceded by a squall line of fast-moving lighting storms during the late afternoon and evening.

Individual lightning storms could develop ahead of the primary band of storms during the early to mid afternoon. The primary threat will be damaging straight-line winds around 60 mph. An isolated tornado is possible, the Weather Service said.

Heavy rainfall up to an inch is expected as the storms move rapidly toward the east-northeast at 50 to 60 mph.

Advisories

  • Wind advisory in effect from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Winds increasing to 25 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph
  • Small craft advisory remains in effect until 4 a.m. Saturday. Winds will be out of the south at 20 to 25 knots. Waves could build up to 8 feet.

Today's forecast

a black sign with white text: Safe driving tips during weather offered by the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. © GRAPHIC CONTRIBUTED BY FLHSMV Safe driving tips during weather offered by the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

Today: A chance of showers before 11 a.m., then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 3 p.m. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds. High near 90.

Windy, with a south southwest wind 15 to 20 mph increasing to 20 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

a map with text: Storms possible ahead of strong cold front moving across Florida April 19, 2019. © GRAPHIC CONTRIBUTED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE Storms possible ahead of strong cold front moving across Florida April 19, 2019.

Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms before midnight, then a chance of showers. Low around 61. West wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

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