March 2, 2010

Strong storms, high winds bear down on Brevard

A series of strong showers will push through Brevard County early today, bringing lightning, sustained winds of up to 25 mph and the slight possibility of a tornado.

The thundershowers will roll in by 9 a.m., dumping anywhere from a quarter to a half an inch of rainfall across the Space Coast.

The storms are moving here pretty quickly and should be here over the next couple of hours,” said John Pendergrast, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Melbourne.

We’ll start seeing some gusty winds and lightning. There’s also a small threat of a tornado. You could also see some minor damage.”

The weather system began moving across the state overnight.

Weather officials also issued a wind advisory and said Brevard County residents could see hit 25 mph, gusting to 35 mph to 45 mph.

That could prove to be a problem for some motorists traveling in heavier vehicles as they cross the county’s causeways and overpasses, officials said.

The strong winds will remain throughout the day while the rains should be over by about noon.
Extended forecast from the NWS in Melbourne

Today: Showers and thunderstorms before 1 p.m., then a chance of showers. High near 72. Windy, with a southwest wind between 20 and 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

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