Dangerous Storms Target South Florida

Published May 01, 2013

| AccuWeather

A complex of severe thunderstorms was rolling in from the Gulf of Mexico and will cross South Florida Wednesday afternoon.

The storms bring the risk of damaging wind gusts, blinding downpours, frequent lightning strikes and small hail.

As the storms roll through, there is a risk of power outages and downed trees as well as flooded roadways.

A couple of spots could be hit with a short lived, potentially rain-wrapped tornado.

Cities in the path of the storms include Naples, Fort Myers, Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.

Move indoors as the storms approach, and do not drive through flooded roadways.

Golf carts and picnic pavilions do not offer adequate protection from lightning.

North of the violent storms, rain will soak part of Central Florida for a time, including the Tampa, Orlando and Melbourne areas.