Orlando Florida. , The Storm Prediction Center has issued a Tornado Watch for Central Florida through 4 PM due to the risk of severe weather this Thursday.
A tornado watch means there is a potential for tornadoes to form in areas at risk of severe weather.
Severe thunderstorms are expected over the area beginning at 11 a.m., bringing gusts of up to 60 miles per hour (mph), one or two tornadoes, small hail and heavy rain .
A low pressure system affecting the central United States will cross into the southeast of the country, threatening severe weather in central Florida on Thursday.
The cold front will bring heavy rain and wind to areas of north central Florida and west. The National Weather Service (NWS) forecasts a Risk Level 2 for these areas.
On the other hand, a minimal level of risk is expected for the coastal region and south central Florida.
Telemundo 31 meteorologist Alexis Orengo reported that the line of storms will be centered over Ocala starting at 11 a.m. Thursday.
In the afternoon, strong winds and rain could be seen in Orlando, Kissimmee and Lake Wales, the main threats.
What does severe weather mean?
The NWS defines severe weather as thunderstorms with lightning, possible flooding and high winds. The possibility of hailstorm and thunderstorm has also not been ruled out.
There are five categories of severe weather risk:
- Minimal Risk (Level 1): Possible isolated severe storm and limited in duration, coverage and intensity.
- Slight Risk (Level 2): Isolated severe thunderstorms possible. They are expected to be of short duration and with a mild level of intensity.
- High Risk (Level 3): Potential for severe and multiple thunderstorms. They are expected to be more frequent, widespread and somewhat intense.
- Moderate Risk (Level 4): Severe storms last a long time, cover many areas, and are intense.
- High Risk (Level 5): Storms will be very long lasting and intense.