Locals and tourists alike know how precarious and fickle Florida weather is, especially during the summer months. And while conditions can change on a dime, its always a good idea to stay on top of updates and have a shelter and exit strategy in mind. Today, May 25, 2020, that’s no exception, with a hazardous weather warning that includes heavy rains, flooding, and even tornados for Florida’s east coast.

The National Weather Service issued the warning early Monday morning extending into tonight, with flood warnings across the region and a focus of tornadic waterspouts on the east coast.

While the waterspout risk is currently marginal, conditions are reported to be favorable for their formation. As thunderstorms move onshore and winds increase to 20 to 25 mph, the risk for building waterspouts escalates.

The risk of high rip currents also impacts all of Florida’s east coast beaches today. The NSW warns that if you do go swimming, make sure there is a lifeguard present.

Thunderstorms are predicted to loom over the afternoons for the rest of the week, the main threats being heavy rains, localized flooding, and potentially life-threatening cloud-to-ground lightning. The risk of rip currents will also stay moderately high for the rest of the week.

At-risk counties for flooding include Martin, Saint Lucie, Indian River, Okeechobee, Brevard, Osceola, Orange, and Seminole through tomorrow.

Hazardous surf conditions plague the east coast, and the NSW has also issued a small craft advisory.

Stay safe out there, and keep updated with the National Weather Service advisories for instant weather alerts!

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