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Tornado Watch Issued: Southern Florida & Coastal Waters - Prepare for Severe Weather.

By Staff Writer | iSkyCreations - News & Media (ISC News & Media)Published March 22nd 2024

The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, has issued a critical tornado watch alert for parts of Southern Florida, including the coastal waters, effective immediately. The watch, numbered 58, was announced at 8:05 PM EDT on Friday and is set to remain in effect until 3:00 AM EDT on Saturday.

Areas Affected Include: Miami, FL...Hialeah, FL...Fort Lauderdale, FL...Pembroke Pines, FL...Hollywood, FL...

Courtesy of Storm Prediction Center

Residents and visitors in the affected regions are advised to prepare for potentially severe weather conditions, including the possibility of tornadoes and scattered damaging wind gusts reaching up to 70 mph. The primary area of concern includes southern Florida and adjacent coastal waters, particularly as a linear cluster of storms, featuring both line-preceding supercells and other severe storm formations, approaches the Florida Keys and is expected to move toward the southern Florida Peninsula later tonight.

The atmospheric conditions in the region are particularly conducive to the development of tornadoes and waterspouts, thanks to a combination of high moisture levels and strong winds aloft. These storms not only pose a significant tornado risk but are also capable of causing considerable wind damage across the watch area.

The tornado watch zone is defined approximately along and 65 statute miles both north and south of a line extending from 70 miles west of Key West, Florida, to 70 miles east-southeast of Miami, Florida. Residents within this broad area should remain vigilant and prepare for severe weather conditions by securing outdoor objects that could be blown away or damaged by high winds, and staying informed on the latest weather updates.

Authorities urge those in the watch areas to stay alert for any weather warnings and to follow the guidance of local officials and emergency preparedness actions. The National Weather Service emphasizes that a Tornado Watch means conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes and severe thunderstorms. As such, it is crucial for individuals in these areas to monitor the situation closely and take appropriate actions to protect life and property.

For detailed information and updates on the watch, including specific precautionary and preparedness measures, residents are encouraged to visit the NWS website or tune into local news and weather channels.

The Storm Prediction Center will continue to monitor the situation closely and provide updates as necessary. Stay tuned to ISC News & Media for the latest.



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