South Florida Under Tornado Watch Until 7 P.M.

Expect potentially strong storms to develop today, the result of a cold front.

The National Weather Service in Miami has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for much of South Florida until 3 p.m.  Included in the warning are western Broward County, southwestern Palm Beach County and western Miami-Dade County.

Earlier Thursday the Weather Service issued a tornado watch for more than two dozen Florida counties including Broward, Palm Beach, Miami-Dade, Martin and Indian River.

The watch is scheduled to be in effect until 7 p.m. Thursday.


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A tornado watch is issued when conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes in and close to the watch area. People are urged to be prepared to move to a place of safety if threatening weather approaches.

The storms, which could produce hail and gusty winds, could rough up the region through the afternoon and evening hours, the National Weather Service said.

South Florida's Thursday forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies with highs in the low 80s, lows in the upper 60s and a 60 percent chance of rain. It also should be breezy with gusts up to 25 mph.

While Friday is expected to be mostly sunny and warm during the day, temperatures are predicted to drop into the mid to upper 50s that night. Saturday should be cool in the morning and mild in the afternoon.

Central Florida's Thursday forecast: Mostly cloudy and breezy with highs in the low 80s, lows in the upper 50s and a 90 percent chance of rain.