For folks living or vacationing in the Sunshine State, unsettled and stormy conditions are in the offing for Thursday.
Drenching downpours and gusty thunderstorms could cancel or postpone Florida Major League Baseball spring training games in Orlando, Sarasota, Lakeland, Kissimmee, Ft. Myers, Clearwater, Bradenton and Palm Beach.
The National Weather Service reported gusts up to 60 mph in Pinellas County as severe storms rolled through. The conditions are primed for potential waterspouts.
As a storm system travels across the northern counties of the state and brings rain, snow and ice to part of the interior South, drenching rain with thunder will reach from Tallahassee to Jacksonville, Gainesville and Ocala.
Farther south, there is a risk for the storms to be more robust with strong gusty winds and torrential downpours. Occasionally, severe thunderstorms produce tornadoes.
Motorists may encounter flooded streets and highways in some cases due to the heavy rainfall in a short period of time. With the storms, there is the potential for downed trees and sporadic power outages in some communities.
This will be a day where boaters may want to keep their craft in port, due to the risk of squalls and sudden rough seas.
People visiting the beach, golfing, attending baseball games or walking at theme parks will want to keep an eye out for rapidly changing weather conditions.
According to AccuWeather Severe Weather Expert Dan Kottlowski, "There is a risk of locally severe thunderstorms to hit first near the I-4 corridor from Tampa to Orlando and Daytona Beach."
As the day progresses, the risk for severe thunderstorms will shift farther south and east.
"Storms could hit locations south of I-4 and near and north of I-74, including Port Charlotte, Cape Coral, Melbourne, Sebring and Fort Pierce, and perhaps all the way down to Fort Lauderdale and Miami during the afternoon and into the evening," Kottlowski said.
On Thursday, March 6, 2014, the game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Toronto Blue Jays was canceled due to inclement weather.
The storms can bring a lightning strike with little notice. If you can hear thunder, you are at risk for being struck by lightning while remaining outdoors. A hard-top car or truck offers adequate protection from lightning. Golf carts, pavilions and under trees are unsafe in thunderstorms. Do not drive through flooded roadways.
A heavy thunderstorm on Wednesday evening ahead of this system dumped over 6 inches of rain on the town of Jupiter, Fla., leading to some street flooding around the town.
Clearing is in store for much of Florida later Thursday night and Friday with less humid conditions and just the chance of a popup shower.
The midwestern United States will be in the crosshairs of potent thunderstorms into Saturday night.
Much of the eastern United States will continue to swelter with above-average temperatures into the end of the month.
Tropical Storm Darby, located over the Central Pacific, is expected to bring locally heavy rain and high surf to the islands this weekend.
Those looking for a break from the heat across the central United States will be in luck as a slow cooldown is in store starting this weekend.
The more than 100,000 people expected to attend the annual Glorious Goodwood festival next week will want to keep a brolly handy.
While a vast amount of dry air has dominated and will continue to impact the Atlantic basin over the next few weeks, tropical activity could spark near the west coast of Africa.
Hurricane Delores, west of Baja California, causes high surf along the Southern California coast.
Minneapolis, MN (1987)
10 inches of rain fell in 6.5 hours.
Montpelier, ID (1990)
75 mph winds gust; tree damage.