Tornadoes reported as severe storms slam Florida, Georgia on Sunday

The line of storms produced strong storms in North Florida and southern Georgia, with tornadoes spotted near Valdosta, Georgia, on Sunday afternoon.

MIAMI – After a sunny start to the weekend across Florida, the Sunshine State finished with a round of severe weather, with the threat of damaging wind and a few reported tornadoes.

NOAA's Storm Prediction Center issued a Tornado Watch for South Florida and the Florida Keys that included Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Fort Myers early Sunday afternoon. 

The severe threat was underway Sunday as Tornado Warnings were issued from the Florida Keys into the Miami metro area. 

A 67 mph wind gust was recorded late Sunday morning at the University of Miami Health System as a tornado-warned storm moved through Miami around 10 a.m.  

A three-hour radar loop showing where showers and thunderstorms are ongoing. Severe Thunderstorm Warnings are indicated in yellow. Tornado Warnings are indicated in red, while Tornado Warnings with a confirmed tornado are indicated in purple. Flash Flood Warnings are indicated in green, while Flash Flood Emergencies are indicated in pink.
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NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center has placed the greater Miami and Fort Lauderdale areas, plus 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 60 mph.


A Level 1 severe weather threat also covers a large swath of the Florida Peninsula, including Orlando, Tampa and Fort Myers.

Severe weather risk for Florida on Sunday.
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The line of storms produced strong storms in North Florida and southern Georgia, with tornadoes spotted near Valdosta, Georgia, on Sunday afternoon. 

Heavy rain brings flooding potential 

As the low-pressure system sweeps across the South, heavy rain will bring more moisture to waterlogged regions.

Areas of southern Georgia, North Florida, Southwest Florida and South Florida could see some isolated flooding on into Monday. 

South Florida flooding outlook.
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Bad weather delays SpaceX return of Ax-3 crew

The bad weather forecast for Florida means a couple of extra days in space for SpaceX's Ax-3 crew on the International Space Station. The crew was set to come home Saturday evening, but the return has been delayed until at least Tuesday due to expected poor weather conditions off Florida in the crew recovery area.

SpaceX can retrieve the Crew Dragon spacecraft and its crew from seven potential landing sites off both Florida's Gulf and Atlantic coasts. 


The forecast must meet certain weather criteria for a safe landing and recovery, including wind speed no greater than 15 feet per second and wave height no greater than 7 degrees wave slope. According to NASA's landing criteria, lightning must be farther than 10 miles out, and rain chances need to be around 25%.

The strongest storms will push offshore Sunday evening, ending the severe weather threat. Another round of showers and thunderstorms is expected on Monday before drier and sunnier weather returns for the rest of the week.