The National Weather Service has increased confidence in the possibility of strong to severe thunderstorms impacting the Hollywood area tomorrow afternoon through Friday. This weather system is associated with a cold front affecting much of the Southeastern United States and U.S. East Coast. Thunderstorms are expected to begin affecting our region on Thursday afternoon and taper off early Friday morning. Storm chances will increase through Thursday.
Forecasters are advising periods of heavy rainfall that may result in minor to moderate street-level flooding. The NWS has issued a gale watch that will be in effect for our region Thursday afternoon through Friday. This means there is an increased risk of sustained gale force winds and frequent gusts between 39 to 54 mph. Sustained wind speeds are expected to be 10-20 mph and are expected to increase to 20-30 mph on Friday after the rain passes through. The NWS is advising of minor to moderate storm debris issues as well as scattered power outages. Marine conditions are expected to be hazardous with wave heights forecast to exceed 4 feet with a high risk of rip currents. Please monitor local news media for the most up-to-date information.