The Storm Prediction Center is cautioning that some severe thunderstorms and maybe even isolated tornadoes are possible in portions of Central Florida this morning and afternoon. SPC says that multiple corridors of thunderstorms were ongoing this morning near an eastward-moving cold front over the east-central Gulf of Mexico. Interaction of that front with a preceding warm front, along with daytime heating, is likely to cause increased instability which could lead to some severe weather. Overall the risk is considered “slight,” which is level 2 out of 5.
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The biggest risk is damaging winds, with a 15%+ chance of damaging winds occurring within 25 miles of where you are.
There’s also a non-zero risk of isolated tornadoes, about a 5%+ chance.
Damaging hail is generally not expected.
As of this writing, a tornado watch had been issued for counties north and west of the Attractions Area, but the Attractions themselves were not in the watch.
Those in the Central Florida area should continue to monitor the weather throughout the day and be on the lookout for additional watches and warnings that might be issued.