A Tornado Watch has been issued for Miami as Florida faces a severe weather threat on Sunday
Miami – After a sunny start to the weekend across Florida, the Sunshine State will end with a round of severe weather, with the threat of damaging winds and some tornadoes particularly focused on South Florida.
NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center has issued a Tornado Watch for South Florida and the Florida Keys until 2 p.m. EDT. The monitoring area includes Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Fort Myers.
A thunderstorm that brought some tornadoes to Texas on Friday and threatened flooding along the Gulf Coast on Saturday is expected to develop thunderstorms in Florida on Sunday.
However, with some enhanced wind shear — the change in wind speed and direction with height — and an abundance of available moisture, conditions are ripe for some thunderstorms to turn severe.
NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center placed the greater Miami and Fort Lauderdale areas, as well as the Florida Keys, at a Level 2 out of 5 risk for severe weather on Sunday. Threats include isolated tornadoes and damaging wind gusts of up to 60 mph.
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The Level 1 severe weather threat also covers a large area of the Florida Peninsula, including Orlando, Tampa and Fort Myers.
Heavy rain brings potential for flooding
As a low pressure system sweeps across the south, heavy rains will bring more moisture to flooded areas.
Areas of southern Georgia, northern Florida, southwest Florida and south Florida could see some isolated flooding on Sunday and Monday.
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A bad weather forecast for Florida means a few extra days in space for SpaceX’s Ax-3 crew on the International Space Station. The crew was scheduled to return home on Saturday evening, but the return was postponed until at least Tuesday due to expected bad weather off Florida in the crew’s recovery area.
SpaceX can recover the Crew Dragon spacecraft and its crew from seven potential landing sites off the coasts of Florida Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
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The forecast must meet certain weather criteria for a safe landing and recovery, including a wind speed of no more than 15 feet per second and a wave height of no more than 7 degrees of wave steepness. According to NASA’s landing criteria, lightning must be farther than 10 miles, and the chances of rain must be about 25%.
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The strongest storms will move offshore Sunday evening, ending the severe weather threat. Another round of rain and thunderstorms is expected on Monday before drier and sunnier weather returns for the rest of the week.