Widespread showers and thunderstorms are expected across the region Wednesday night throughThursday ahead of a strong cold front. A few of these storms could be severe. Lingering showers, strong gusty winds and some minor coastal flooding will continue to be a concern on Friday.
Hernando County is under an Areal Flood Watch from 1 a.m. Thursday through 7 a.m. Friday. A Gale Watch is in effect along the coast for Thursday night and Friday. The NWS Storm Prediction Center currently has most of Hernando County under a marginal risk of severe weather with an increased threat further east. There is still some uncertainty with the forecast. If better atmospheric instability develops, then some large hail and a few tornadoes will be possible.
Primary impacts from the storms are expected to be:
- Strong wind gusts up to 60 mph
- Locally heavy rainfall of 2-3 inches
- Gale force winds over coastal waters
- Tides of 3-4 feet above ground level are expected, some minor coastal flooding may occur
- Locally heavy rainfall may cause quick ponding of water on roadways, especially in coastal and low-lying areas. Turn around, don’t drown. Do not drive through flooded areas
- Residents are urged to actively monitor local news media or the National Weather Service at www.weather.gov/tbw
- If a tornado warning is issued, seek shelter in an interior, windowless room
- Mariners should heed small craft advisories
- Report damages promptly to the Emergency Operations Center at (352) 754-4083.
- Register for automated emergency weather alerts at: www.AlertHernando.org
- Always keep your disaster supply kit ready