Marine warning issued for Lake Okeechobee

Update 2:46 p.m.: A marine warning has been issued for Lake Okeechobee by the National Weather Service.

Forecasters said they are tracking a strong thunderstorm near Pahokee that is moving west at 15 knots.

Wind gusts up to 46 mph and small hail are possible with this storm.


Previous story: The National Weather Service has issued a significant weather advisory for areas including Wellington, Royal Palm Beach and West Palm Beach.

According to the advisory, thunderstorms capable of producing nickel-size hail, are moving slowly west in a line extending from Royal Palm Beach to Loxahatchee.

Check The Palm Beach Post radar map.

The advisory is in effect until 2 p.m.


Earlier, the Storm Prediction Center had issued a marginal risk of severe weather for South Florida today, noting cooler temperatures high in the atmosphere may spur robust thunderstorms.

National Weather Service forecasters in Miami said storms are expected to develop in the late morning to early afternoon along the coast, shifting to the interior and to the west coast through late afternoon early evening.

Concerns include nickel-size hail and wind gusts of up to 55 mph that could damage awnings, car ports, trees, and toss around light objects, such as lawn furniture.

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A marginal risk is the lowest level on the center’s severe weather scale.

Temperatures at 18,000 feet are expected to reach a frigid 17 degrees this afternoon as a upper-level system moves the northeast Gulf of Mexico. That is expected to clash with the high pressure system that has been hanging over the southeast during the past week.

Miami forecasters have increased rain chances to 50 percent along the coast and 70 percent inland.

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