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Severe storms to target central, southern Florida into Wednesday evening

By By Alex Sosnowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist.
May 05, 2016, 8:30:45 PM EDT

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Some communities on the Florida Peninsula will be hit hard with severe thunderstorms into Wednesday evening.

The severe weather threat will focus on the central and southern counties.

The greatest risk from the thunderstorms will be flash flooding and frequent lightning strikes.


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However, some of the storms will bring the potential for damaging wind gusts and hail.

A couple of the strongest storms could produce a brief tornado or waterspout.

People in the advised areas should keep an eye out for rapidly changing weather conditions. Anyone who is outside should quickly move indoors and away from windows at the first clap of thunder.

Never attempt to drive through flooded areas. Doing so puts not only the driver at risk, but also other occupants and would-be rescuers. A foot or two of moving water can cause vehicles to stall, float and sink after being carried away.

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The threat for severe weather will diminish from northwest to southeast across the peninsula Wednesday night.

Sunshine is forecast to bounce back, along with lowering humidity levels on Thursday.

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