The National Weather Service in Ruskin has posted a Tornado Watch until 7:00 p.m. Tuesday. A tornado watch is issued when conditions are favorable; it does not mean a tornado has been sighted or is imminent.
Monitor your weather alert radio. Watch the skies for threatening weather and seek immediate, hard shelter when necessary. Emergency Management will continue to post additional briefings as necessary.
About 14 people participated in the Pickleball Tournament last weekend at Highland Ridge Park. Congrats to all of the winners! Pickleball is a popular sport in North Port with outdoor courts at Highland Ridge Park and an indoor program offered inside the George Mullen Activity Center. Contact Parks for details at (941) 429-7275.
The National Weather Service in Ruskin has revised their initial forecast which has raised the potential for severe storms in our area today. Yesterday we were forecast for “Marginal” risk; today is elevated to “Slight.”
“Showers and thunderstorms will move across the Nature Coast this morning ahead of an approaching cold front. This activity will then spread southward through west-central and southwest Florida through the afternoon and into the evening. Some severe storms will be possible.”
Damaging wind gusts, 1-2” hail, frequent lightning, and isolated tornados will be possible with the strongest storms, mainly later this morning and afternoon.
Winds over the gulf will increase to near gale force behind the cold front tonight and Wednesday, with seas building of up to 9 feet offshore. Strong rip currents will be likely today and Wednesday along area beaches, along with high surf. New rainfall less than one inch, however higher amounts are possible in thunderstorms.
Monitor your weather alert radio for thunderstorm watches and warnings as well as if a tornado were to be observed. Take immediate shelter with threatening weather.
Emergency Management will monitor the system as it moves through our area and post additional preparedness or response briefings as indicated.
North Port Emergency Manager Rich Berman