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Parts of Florida under a severe weather warning. Conditions favor a round of storms

Thunderstorms can come in several destructive varieties

The National Weather Service explains the four types of thunderstorms: single cell; multi-cell cluster; squall line; and supercell. Thunderstorms can produce dangerous lightning, damaging hail and winds, tornadoes and flash flooding.
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The National Weather Service explains the four types of thunderstorms: single cell; multi-cell cluster; squall line; and supercell. Thunderstorms can produce dangerous lightning, damaging hail and winds, tornadoes and flash flooding.

A strong storm south of Lake Okeechobee has triggered a significant weather alert due to potential winds gusting over 45 mph and hail.

The National Weather Service in Miami advises that people in or near the Holy Land and the Rotenberger wildlife refuge centers should take shelter until 4:45 p.m.

In addition, a severe thunderstorm warning is in effect in Hendry County until 5 p.m.

South Florida is expected to see an increase in rain and thunderstorms this week, especially Saturday as a buildup of moisture, amid heat indexes in the 100s, makes for favorable conditions for storms.

Miami Herald Real Time/Breaking News reporter Howard Cohen, a 2017 Media Excellence Awards winner, has covered pop music, theater, health and fitness, obituaries, municipal government and general assignment. He started his career in the Features department at the Miami Herald in 1991.

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