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Tornado warning for Palm Beach County canceled

Droughts and Heat WavesLake Okeechobee

A tornado warning that was issued for the east-central portion of Palm Beach County Tuesday morning has been canceled, according to the National Weather Service.

The warning issued shortly after 8:30 a.m. was supposed to be in effect until 9 a.m. but was allowed to expire about 8:45 a.m.

According to weather service meteorologists, doppler radar indicated that the rotation inside a severe thunderstorm near Atlantis had weakened.

The areas in the warning included: Atlantis, Lake Worth, Greenacrs and surrounding communities.

Elsewhere, South Florida can expect more gray skies and scattered showers on Tuesday, the result of tropical moisture continuing to flow in this direction.

The forecast also calls for high temperatures in the mid 80s and evening lows in the low 80s.

Much of the region could see up to 2 more inches of rain over the next two days, said meteorologist Brad Diehl of the National Weather Service inMiami.

Some of the rain might be produced by an approaching cold front, which should drop afternoon temperatures into the mid to upper 70s on Thursday afternoon and the low 60s on Friday morning. Readings might dip into the upper 50s in far western areas.

“Then we see a gradual warming going into the weekend,” Diehl said.

Thursday and Friday also should be sunny and breezy, the weather service said.

Meanwhile, thanks to all the rain in the past month, South Florida’s drought officially ended in mid-September, that is, everywhere except the Lake Okeechobee area, meteorologist Robert Molleda said.

That region still is considered to be under moderate drought conditions, largely because the lake’s level had been below normal, he said.

“However with the lake level rising from last week's rains and likely to increase some more with the current rain, we'll probably be able to get rid of the drought status for the lake this week or next at the latest,” he said Monday.

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