South Florida is under a hurricane watch until 2 p.m. Sunday

South Florida is under a hurricane watch until 2 p.m. Sunday

A series of fast-moving storms is expected to hit the area Sunday afternoon, with South Florida on a hurricane watch until 2 p.m.

Meteorologists with National Weather in Miami posted this warning on social media at 10:30 a.m.: “Alert, Metro Miami! The squall line is now approaching the western suburbs of Miami-Dade County where a severe thunderstorm warning is in effect. Heavy rain and gusty winds of up to 60 mph are possible over the next hour.

National forecasters have issued a hurricane watch until 2 p.m. Sunday for Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade as well as Monroe, Collier and Hendry counties on the West Coast.

“Locally heavy rain will be possible with storm surge today, although the risk of flooding should remain limited to areas of poor drainage along urban corridors due to the rapid movement of storms,” the National Weather Service said. “Damaging wind gusts, small hail and some isolated tornadoes will also be possible.”

Another, more reassuring post came at 12:15 p.m.: “The squall line is now offshore of Broward and Miami-Dade counties, and the serious threat is rapidly diminishing in these areas. For Palm Beach County, some rain and storm surge are moving toward the PBC metro area, which should To clean up for the next hour or so.

A cold front moving through South Florida on Sunday heralds cold weather that will likely persist throughout most of next week.

Severe thunderstorms are expected to move through the region this afternoon, ending over the Atlantic Ocean by 2 to 3 p.m., bringing mostly dry weather afterward, according to the latest forecast discussion from the National Weather Service.

Beaches across South Florida are expected to see hazardous conditions starting Sunday and continuing throughout the week.

Temperatures are expected to drop into the lower 60s and low 50s on Sunday evening, and temperatures on Monday are not expected to rise above the lower 70s.

A Swap Shop vendor waits for rain on Sunday as severe thunderstorms move in. Meteorologists have issued a hurricane warning until 2 p.m. Sunday for all of South Florida. (Joe Cavaretta/South Florida Sun Sentinel)

Here are tornado safety tips, according to the weather service:

• Never try to outrun a tornado. They travel at an average speed of 30 miles per hour. Some have erratic tracks, with speeds approaching 70 mph.

• Go to a safe indoor room away from windows.

• If you are outside, move quickly to a sturdy building. Barns, storage units, mobile homes and tents are not safe.

• If you are in a car and cannot access shelter, get into your car and cover your head or leave your car and look for a ditch or low area.

• Protect yourself from flying debris.

Susanna Bryan can be reached at sbryan@sunsentinel.com. Follow me on @XSusannah_Bryan

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