Rain chances drop overnight as thunderstorms abate

Update 5 p.m.: Evening rain chances are about 40 percent throughout Palm Beach County after thunderstorms rocked coastal and inland areas this afternoon.

A 55 mph wind gust was recorded at Palm Beach International Airport, which also measured about 1.7 inches of rain. The high today reached 91 degrees in West Palm Beach with similar temperatures expected Wednesday.

Update 3:10 p.m. National Weather Service forecasters said a strong storm developing over Boca Raton could produce winds of between 45 to 55 mph.

Excessive lightning and hail are also a concern with this storm. A significant weather advisory is in effect until 3:45 p.m.

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Update 2:30 p.m.: A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect for northeastern Palm Beach County until 3:15 p.m.

National Weather Service forecasters said wind gusts of up to 60 mph are possible with this storm, which is moving south at 5 mph.

Update 1:41 p.m.: A nearly stationary thunderstorm is parked over West Palm Beach sending down torrents of rain and producing gusty winds.

The National Weather Service has issued a significant weather advisory in effect until 2:30 p.m. warning of excessive lightning, hail and winds of up to 55  mph.

Forecasters warned this morning of the possibility of robust thunderstorms this afternoon as the high temperature hit 91 degrees in West Palm Beach and cold air aloft mixed.

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The National Weather Service has issued a significant weather advisory for Palm Beach County as thunderstorms fire up right on schedule.

Forecasters said areas of coastal Palm Beach County and parts of inland northern Palm Beach County could experience heavy rain, hail and gusty winds as strong thunderstorms move southeast from Tequesta at 5 mph.

The advisory is in effect until 2 p.m.

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