VIDEO: Thunderstorms rock Palm Beach County, more expected today

South Florida’s afternoon thunderstorms have been robust this week, with Tuesday’s atmospheric performance pelting parts of Palm Beach County with hail and sending down wind gusts of up to 60 mph.

With cooler air filtering in aloft, there is an increased concern this afternoon for strong winds that burst down from thunderstorms, and small hail.

The continued west-southwest winds will limit Atlantic sea breeze development until early afternoon, so the storms are expected to pop up at about the same time, or a little sooner, than they did Tuesday.

According to the National Weather Service in Miami a trained spotter reported pea-size hail at the intersection of Jog Road and Lantana Road at about 7:30 Tuesday night, while a wind gust of 48 mph was recorded by a WeatherBug station at John Prince Park.

At least one resident questioned whether a tornado touched down near Greenacres, while another compared the storm to September’s Hurricane Irma.

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More thunderstorms are expected today with the afternoon sea breeze flowing in from the west and an outflow boundary from storminess north of South Florida.

Yesterday’s storms included some hefty rainfall amounts, including 1.54 inches in Jupiter, .66 inches in Boynton Beach and .46 inches in Lake Worth.

The National Weather Service said winds in Boynton Beach knocked over a fence and blew a gazebo down with winds estimated at 60 mph on radar.

Check The Palm Beach Post radar map.

This one is from May 20, but too beautiful not to include.

Florida is unique nationwide because the sea breeze invades the peninsula from both coasts, sometimes colliding in the center like armies meeting in battle.

“The challenge for our day to day summer forecasting is determining where the sea breeze will be and which one will be more dominant, the Atlantic or the Gulf,” said Robert Molleda, warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Miami, during a 2016 interview. “Determining which is more dominant dictates where storms will form.”

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That’s important because Florida is the thunderstorm capital of the United States, according to the Florida Climate Center.

In a slice of the state that includes Palm Beach County, an average of 80 days per year include thunderstorm activity.

A region in the center of the state west of Lake Okeechobee has the highest number of thunderstorm days at 100 — a tally that the climate center likens to areas of the world that max out on thunderstorms, such as the Lake Victoria region of equatorial Africa and the middle of the Amazon basin.

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