Monday, 15 April 2013

Tornado warning issued for east central Florida, hail warning for Volusia

Tornado warning issued for east central Florida, hail warning for Volusia, The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for extreme northwestern Brevard County, central Orange County, Seminole County and southeastern Volusia County late Sunday afternoon. The warning includes the cities of Scottsmoor, Winter Park, University of Central Florida, Maitland, Goldenrod, Winter Springs, Sanford, Oviedo, Longwood, Lake Mary, Lake Jessup, Geneva, Chuluta and Casselberry. Other cities in the warning area include but are not limited to Sanford Airport, Midway, Osteen and Maytown. The warning is in effect until 7:45 p.m. Sunday.

Forecasters detected a “…severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado near Winter Springs [at 6:41 p.m.] moving northeast at 25 miles per hour. The weather service says the storm could also produce “…quarter size hail and destructive straight line winds.”

The National Weather Service says the safest place to take shelter during a tornado is “…in a strong building on the lowest floor…in an interior room such as a bathroom or closest. Keep away from windows. Get under a workbench or other piece of sturdy furniture. Use blankets or pillows to cover your body. Evacuate mobile homes or vehicles for more substantial shelter.”

The National Weather Service in Melbourne also issued a “…significant weather advisory…for strong wind gusts between 45 and 55 miles per hour and small hail over eastern Volusia County” until 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Forecasters say Doppler radar showed a storm “…capable for producing strong winds and small hail 7 miles east of Lake Helen, moving northeast at 30 miles per hour” at 6:36 p.m. Sunday. Locations in the path of the storm include Daytona Beach, Daytona Beach Shores, Port Orange, Ponce Inlet and Wilbur By The Sea.

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