SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - Winds have already picked up on the Suncoast Thursday morning with some gusts to near 30mph.
In the afternoon and evening, the gusts should approach or exceed 40mph. These winds will remain elevated even before the thunderstorms arrive between midnight, or a bit earlier, and exit after 2am Friday.
As the thunderstorms move past there will also be a risk for severe thunderstorms with gusts higher than 58mph. Be sure to have your First Alert Weather app installed and active on your phone. You should also register with your county for phone alerts.
Even if the slight risk of severe weather does not materialize, the storms will have heavy downpours and multiple lightning strikes. The wind-water interaction will bring hazardous boating conditions and even larger boats should remain in port.
Three is a GALE WARNING, SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY, HIGH SURF ADVISORY, WIND ADVISORY all in effect Thursday and Thursday night.
Once the front exits the area in the early morning hours our wind will rapidly shift to the northwest and clearing will occur.
By drive time Friday morning the storms will be gone but some residual showers or sprinkles could remain for a short time.
The afternoon will see more sunshine and the weekend look cooler but sunny.