Severe Thunderstorm Warning expires in Charlotte

Posted at 2:32 PM, Mar 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-29 14:56:42-04

UPDATE (3PM) -- The storm which prompted the warning has weakened below severe limits, and no longer poses an immediate threat to life or property.

Therefore the warning will be allowed to expire at 3pm.  However gusty winds and heavy rain are still possible with this thunderstorm.


The National Weather Service in Ruskin has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Sarasota County and northwestern Charlotte County until 3:00 pm.

At 2:21 pm, a severe thunderstorm was located 15 miles west of North Port, moving northeast at 20 mph.

Hazard: 60 mph wind gusts and quarter size hail.

Impact: Hail damage to vehicles is expected. Expect wind damage to roofs, siding, and trees.

Locations impacted include North Port, Port Charlotte, Grove City, Murdock, South Venice, Warm Mineral Springs, Gulf Cove, El Jobean, and Venice Gardens.

Prepare immediately for large hail and deadly cloud to ground lightning. Seek shelter inside a well-built structure. Stay away from windows.

Prepare immediately for large hail and damaging winds. People outside should move immediately to shelter inside a strong building. Stay away from windows.

Large hail and damaging winds and continuous cloud to ground lightning is occurring with this storm. Move indoors immediately.

Torrential rainfall is occurring with this storm and may lead to flash flooding. Do not drive your vehicle through flooded roadways.