Update 3:45 p.m.: A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for east-central Palm Beach County.
The warning is in effect until 4:15 p.m.
A tornado has been confirmed by a weather spotter in Fort Lauderdale, with hail falling in Oakland Park.
While forecasters said the storm over Fort Lauderdale has weakened, there is still an active sea breeze in Broward and Miami-Dade counties that could continue to produce severe storms.
Update 3:30 p.m.: Strong thunderstorms near Wellington are moving east at 20 mph and could include small hail.
A significant weather advisory is in effect until 4:30 p.m. for areas including West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Boca Raton and Boynton Beach.
Check The Palm Beach Post’s live weather radar.
Concerns with these storms also include wind gusts of up to 55 mph that can down small tree limbs and branches.
A tornado warning is in effect for areas near downtown Fort Lauderdale until 4 p.m.
Update 3 p.m.: A significant weather advisory has been issued for inland and metro areas of Palm Beach County as a strong line of thunderstorms moves into the area with wind gusts up to 55 mph possible.
The advisory is in effect until 4 p.m.
The thunderstorm was 11 miles northwest of Lion Country Safari, moving east at 60 mph towards West Palm Beach.
Update 2:30 p.m.: Palm Beach County is between an advancing cold front nearing Lake Okeechobee and sea breeze storms moving northeast through Broward County.
The National Weather Service in Miami has a marine warning for Lake Okeechobee and a special weather advisory for Broward County alerting to possible wind gusts to 50 mph and small hail.
Coastal Palm Beach County is where storms are expected to be the most robust late afternoon into evening, with isolated 1-inch hail, wind gusts to 60 mph and heavy rain.
The cold front dropped hail in North Florida as big as “teacups”, according to the NWS in Jacksonville. Smaller hail was seen in St. Augustine.
Previous story: The risk for thunderstorms and damaging winds was increased to a marginal threat today as ingredients come together for afternoon showers and a cold front pushes through the state overnight.
Near-record highs today that could reach 89 degrees in West Palm Beach, combined with moist air and sea breezes may erupt into afternoon thunderstorms, according to the National Weather Service in Miami.
Overnight, a cold front that is dropping hail in Jacksonville this morning, could mean more thunderstorm activity for South Florida into Wednesday morning.
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Forecasters expect showers and thunderstorms to be focused over the eastern portions of the South Florida as southwesterly winds will keep the east coast sea breeze pinned closer to the coast.
Check The Palm Beach Post radar map.
The Storm Prediction Center prediction center’s marginal risk for severe weather means gusty winds, heavy rain, lightning, and hail cannot be ruled out with the stronger storms today.
Today’s forecast high temperature in West Palm Beach of 89 is just one degree shy of the record 90 degrees set in 1956.
A small craft advisory is in effect from 5 a.m. Wednesday to 2 a.m. Friday as winds shift out of the north up to 25 knots and seas expected to reach as high as 8 feet in offshore waters.
This forecast map shows the cold front over Palm Beach County at 2 a.m. Wednesday.
The National Weather Service in Jacksonville is reporting “teacup” size hail in areas of St. Johns County, and have issued a flood warning for Alachua, Flagler, Marion and Putnam counties.
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