Drenching, gusty storms to repeatedly hammer parts of Florida

Drenching, gusty storms to repeatedly hammer parts of Florida

Drone footage captured on April 13, shows the destruction left behind by a tornado which hit Jefferson Davis County, Mississippi, on April 12. Drenching downpours will blast parts of northern Florida and can unleash several inches of rain through the middle of this week as an unsettled weather pattern develops. A front will slowly meander southward across the northern counties of the Sunshine State over the next couple of days. The front marks the boundary between record-challenging heat to the south and air more typical of early March to the north. “This slowly advancing boundary will produce heavy, gusty thunderstorms,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson said. “A small number of the storms can bring isolated damaging wind gusts and episodes of frequent lightning strikes,” Anderson said. In a couple of extreme cases, a brief tornado or waterspout could be produced. However, AccuWeather forecasters said the ferociousness of the severe weather from the Easter weekend will not be equaled . More than 30 people were killed and communities were devastated by the weekend outbreak. The southeastern corner of the United States has been experiencing abnormally dry to drought conditions in recent months, according to the U.S Drought Monitor . Since Jan. 1, rainfall has been between 25 and 50% of average over much of the northern counties of Florida. “The main impact the weather pattern will produce is what is known as a training effect of drenching rain,” Anderson said. In this case, multiple showers and thunderstorms will move from the northern Gulf of Mexico to the western Atlantic along a narrow swath, like boxcars on a freight train. The path the showers and storms take will slowly drift southward. Through Wednesday night, a general 1-3 inches of rain is likely to fall with an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 5 […]

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