Third tornado confirmed

Update 1:30 p.m.: A third tornado from Tuesday’s storms has been confirmed in Indian River County.

According to the National Weather Service in Melbourne, an EF-1 twister touched down in Vero Beach Highlands with winds up to 90 mph.

Update 1:06 p.m. The National Weather Service in Melbourne has increased the intensity of a tornado in Lakewood Park to an EF-1 after further survey.

Winds, estimated at up to 90 mph, damaged 15 homes, snapped trees and peeled back roofs.

Update 11:21 a.m.: Two EF-0 tornadoes have been confirmed in St. Lucie County by investigators from the Melbourne office of the National Weather Service.

One tornado touched down in a Fort Pierce trailer park just west of St. Lucie County Airport with wind speeds estimated at up to 75 mph.

Investigators said mostly superficial wind damage was done to several mobile homes, while four recreational vehicles were blown over. The tornado traveled about .75 miles.

A second tornado touched down north of Indrio Road in Lakewood Park. Although a well-defined damage path has been observed, investigators are still trying to determine wind speeds.

Update 10:37 a.m.: The  morning is drying out, but National Weather Service forecasters are expecting more storms beginning after 2 p.m.

Most of the concerns with the storms are for frequent lightning strikes, but flooding, wind and small hail are also possible.

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The most robust storms are expected around Lake Okeechobee to the coast.

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Update 9:15 a.m.: The National Weather Service is reporting Jupiter received three inches of rain during yesterday’s storms, while rain measured at Palm Beach International Airport was just .34 inches.

Vero Beach received more than 11 inches of rain. Other areas with high rainfall totals yesterday include Melbourne’s 2.9 inches, Daytona Beach’s 3.1 inches and St. Lucie County airport’s 9.85 inches.

The most rain ever recorded at Palm Beach International was 15.22 inches on April 17, 1942.

Other 24-hour records in Palm Beach County: (provided by NWS)

Palm Beach Gardens, 5.05  inches Jan. 10, 2015

Juno Beach, 8.45 inches June 2, 2007

Loxahatchee, 8.75 inches Nov. 5, 1998

Royal Palm Beach, 9.56 inches June 9, 1997

Update 8 a.m.: The marine warning for coastal Palm Beach County waters has been extended to 9 a.m.

Update 6:58 a.m.: A cluster of strong thunderstorms near Palm Beach County’s coast has triggered a special marine warning for Jupiter Inlet to Deerfield Beach and out 20 nautical miles.

The storms are moving east at 30 mph. Forecasters caution that strong wind gusts and frequent lightning are occurring with this storm.

This alert is in effect until 8 a.m.

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Radar as of 7 a.m.

Update 6:27 a.m. A significant weather advisory has been issued for inland and coastal Palm Beach County as a strong thunderstorm is being tracked 19 miles southeast of South Bay.

The storm is moving northeast at a swift 50 mph. The advisory is in effect until 6:45 a.m.

Areas of concern include West Palm Beach, Boynton Beach, Wellington, Greenacres, Royal Palm Beach, Lantana, Atlantis and Boynton Beach.

Southeast Florida remains in a marginal risk for severe weather this morning with a 70 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms possible this morning.

The low pressure system that was in the Gulf of Mexico has moved through the state, but lingering showers remain in its wake. National Weather Service forecasters in Miami said the biggest concern is for one or two strong storms this morning through noon, although rain is expected throughout the day.

Tornado chances today remain remote, but forecasters warn they are possible especially during the first part of the day. Wind gusts today could top 55 mph.

Overnight, thunderstorms whacked Broward County, triggering a tornado warning at 3:30 a.m. But forecasters this morning are reporting no damage from the storm.

That’s not the case in the Treasure Coast, where record rainfall records were set in Melbourne, Daytona Beach and Vero Beach. Vero Beach had its wettest day on record with more than 11 inches of rain.

In the middle of the storms, the National Hurricane Center last night accidentally sent out a hurricane watch. That piqued meteorologists interests with one forecaster using a line from the movie Anchorman.

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Vero Beach High School and Rosewood Magnet School are closed today because of water damage.

The National Weather Service in Melbourne is sending investigators at 8 a.m. to two locations in Indian River County and St. Lucie County to survey possible tornado damage.

No official reports of tornadoes have been recorded in Florida for yesterday’s events by the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., although there were eight reports of damaging high winds. That may change after investigators submit their reports.

 

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