INDIAN RIVER COUNTY − Wind gusts of up to 40 mph came to Vero Beach Friday afternoon, with sustained winds of up to 30 mph, according to a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Melbourne.
The strong winds developed toward mid afternoon, and the conditions were expected to move south through Fort Pierce and Stuart, said Brendan Schaper, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Melbourne.
“We have a line of showers and a few rumbles of thunder embedded moving down … it just kind of passed through Vero Beach there, we’re seeing temperatures drop pretty rapidly,” Schaper said.
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Schaper noted gusts of wind of up to about 40 mph in Vero Beach “with sustained winds anywhere from 20 to 30 mph, as this system kind of makes its way through this afternoon.”
Some traffic lights were out around 49th, 45th and 37th streets, and Aviation Boulevard during the high gusts.
Schaper said there could be some light sprinkles in Vero Beach and a significant temperature drop. It’s expected to continue south through Fort Pierce and Stuart later in the afternoon Friday.
At 70 degrees in Vero Beach at 3:30 p.m., it was in the mid-80s at noon. It’s expected to drop to 63 by nightfall.
“It’s losing some of its luster as it gets farther south so I think the gusty winds may not be as prominent farther south in Stuart,” he said.
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