Severe storm chances raised for Palm Beach County Wednesday

The Storm Prediction Center has increased the chances of severe weather in Palm Beach County on Wednesday, giving the region a “marginal” rating for thunderstorms and strong winds.

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Only a small slice of the northwestern portion of the county was in the marginal area on Monday.

While the worst of the storminess is still expected to affect North and Central Florida, the center is giving Palm Beach County a 5 percent chance of severe weather.

The storms are expected to hit late afternoon or early evening.

“There will be a line of showers with a few thunderstorms ahead of it with may have strong gusty winds of 50 mph,” said Chuck Caracozza, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Miami. “But it’s something we need to watch.”

A marginal threat means there could be isolated to severe thunderstorms, winds between 40 to 60 mph and a chance for small hail. The risk for tornadoes is low.

The skies are expected to clear after the cold front moves through by early Thursday morning.

“Thursday looks pretty good,” Caracozza noted. “Sunny skies, less humidity and a high around 70 degrees.”

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