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Friday, April 5, 2013
Keys hit by heavy rain

The risk of severe weather has diminished this morning with the passing of a storm front overnight, Jon Rizzo, warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Key West, said this morning.

"The strongest storms today are expected to pass to our south over the Florida Straits," he said.

But beware, another round of rain and embedded thunderstorms is expected to reach the Keys and slowly pass through the area early Friday afternoon. Stronger storms within the rain may still produce brief gust of 40 to 50 mph, heavy downpours and frequent, dangerous lightning strikes, Rizzo said.

Additional rainfall of 1/2 to 1 inch is possible.

"This is not at all unusual for spring , it is coming up from the Gulf of Mexico," the meteorologist said. "We get cold fronts that pass through and it can bring squally weather."

According to the Weather Service, there was a line of widespread heavy winds producing 40 mph wind gusts overnight from Boca Chica to the mainland.

Cudjoe Key received the most rain at 1.26 inches with Long Key receiving .92 inches. An inch fell in many places between Marathon and Key Largo.

The weekend is looking much brighter, Rizzo said.

"It will dry out this evening and tomorrow will be a rather nice day, near 80 and sunny," he said. "Sunday is just as good."

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