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Strong storms could arrive by this evening

In addition to being hot, we might see some severe storms by this afternoon or evening.

Some storms could even spawn tornadoes, the National Weather Service in Miami said. A tornado watch has been issued for Palm Beach County through 1 p.m. today.

Although no rough weather is currently on the radar, it could move in later this morning, said meteorologist Dave Ross.

Otherwise, the ”primary threat” associated with the storms will be strong winds that could gust to 60-plus mph, said meteorologist Robert Molleda.

The storms also could generate lightning, heavy rains and hail. They hold potential to knock down power lines, uproot small trees and cause minor flooding, he said.

The squally weather is expected to arrive in advance of a cold front approaching Lake Okeechobee.

 The same weather system produced strong storms over North and Central Florida on Wednesday.

Much of Central Florida still was getting pounded by storms this morning, making the morning commute miserable and leaving 28,000 residents without power.

Although tornado warnings had been posted in that region – and although there were some reports of funnel clouds – the weather service was unable to verify that any tornadoes touched down.

The storms are expected to continue battering Central Florida for much of the day, said weather-service meteorologist Dave Sharp.

“By and large, there’s just too much strength in the wind fields, so we can’t throw our arms down yet,” he told the Orlando Sentinel. 

South Florida’s forecast otherwise calls for partly sunny skies and breezy conditions with  highs in the low 90s and lows in the upper 60s. There is a 40 percent chance of rain this afternoon, increasing to 60 percent tonight.

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