Just days after two tornadoes touched down in Ft. Lauderdale, severe weather is once again threatening the Sunshine State. This time, further north.
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- Destructive 60 mph wind gusts possible
- Isolated tornado can’t be ruled out
- Panhandle Saturday night, peninsula Sunday
A strong cold front will send a squall line, a narrow band of intense rain and wind, across the state Saturday night and Sunday. This fast-moving line of thunderstorms will be capable of producing damaging wind gusts up to 60 mph, and even an isolated tornado or two.
The adverse weather will move into western parts of the Florida Panhandle late Saturday evening, cross the Big Bend region of Florida early Sunday morning, then slide all the way across the peninsula by Sunday night.
The Storm Prediction Center has placed the western sections of the panhandle under an enhanced risk of severe weather Saturday evening. On Sunday, a slight risk has been noted for most of the peninsula from Tallahassee to Jacksonville to Fort Myers.
The leading edge of this line of storms will be the strongest, where winds could gust up to 60 mph across large swaths of land. Out in front of this line, if an individual cell develops, atmospheric parameters are slightly more favorable for an isolated tornado to spin up. The tornado risk is mostly confined to areas of the panhandle closest to the Gulf of Mexico Saturday Night, then near the Atlantic Coast Sunday afternoon.
The cold front will clear all of Florida late Sunday night, bringing an end to the severe weather risk. Cooler, drier, and more stable air will sweep across the state Monday and Tuesday.