Severe weather risk increases ahead of storms

HOLT, Fla, April 23, 2021—The threat for strong-to-severe storms and heavy rainfall has increased late tonight through Saturday afternoon and evening.

Nearly the entire forecast area is now in a level 3 out of 5 threat risk.

A wind advisory goes into effect at midnight tonight through tomorrow evening. Strong wind gusts of 30-to-40 mph are possible.

Two rounds of severe weather are expected, according to the National Weather Service

The first will begin late tonight through tomorrow morning, 10 p.m. through 10 a.m.. Local timing for storms could be sometime after midnight here.

Damaging straight-line winds to 75 mph, large hail in excess of 1 inch in diameter and a strong (EF2+) tornado or two are possible.

The second round will be late tomorrow morning through the afternoon, 10 a.m. through 6 p.m.

Any thunderstorm during this timeframe has the potential to become severe, according to the NWS.

As with the first round, damaging straight-line winds again up to 75 mph, large hail in excess of 2 inches in diameter and a strong (EF2+) tornado or two could be possible.

Heavy rainfall will also be possible especially late tonight through tomorrow morning with the first round of severe weather.

Rain between 2-to-4 inches, and locally higher, could fall in a very short time.

Severe weather comes to an end during the afternoon into early evening with the loss of daytime heating and a cold front passing through the area, according to the NWS.

National Weather Center forecast

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