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    Strong Thunderstorms Remain a Threat to Florida

    By By Brian Lada, Meteorologist
    April 19, 2014, 12:38:30 AM EDT

    While heavy rain drenches the Southeast from Alabama to the Carolinas, portions of Florida will remain at risk for strong thunderstorms.

    Thunderstorms with strong winds pressed onshore around St. Petersburg and Tampa, Fla., Friday afternoon. The St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport recorded a 40-mph wind gust when the thunderstorms rolled through.

    Gusty thunderstorms will continue to track across the central Florida Peninsula through sunset.

    Another band of strong thunderstorms will follow overnight across the central and southern Florida Peninsula.

    A few of the cities in the path of these storms include Orlando, Tampa, Daytona Beach, St. Augustine, Port Saint Lucie, Cape Coral and Naples.


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    Damaging winds will be the main threat from these storms with winds strong enough to blow over trees and knock over power lines.

    However, some of the stronger storms may have the potential to produce large hail or even a few brief tornadoes or waterspouts.

    If you have plans to be in the outdoors, you should keep an eye to the sky for quick-changing weather as storms may develop with very little notice.

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    Lightning is one of nature's most dangerous weather phenomenon with more lightning-related deaths in Florida than any other state in the country.

    If you hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning and should seek shelter until the storm passes.


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    Settled weather is set to gradually return to the Sunshine State heading into the weekend.

    A few showers and thunderstorms may linger around into Saturday, but these storms are not expected to be strong enough to produce any severe weather.

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