Published: Jan 17, 2011 6:53 PM EST
Updated: Jan 17, 2011 3:54 PM EST

The National Weather Service has canceled a Tornado Watch issued earlier today for much of Southwest Florida, including Lee, Charlotte, Highlands, and Desoto counties.  Meterologists say the tornado threat has diminished.

A Tornado Watch remains in effect until 7:00 tonight for parts of Florida's East Coast and Keys, including the cities of Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, & West Palm Beach.

Monday morning, several Tornado Warnings were issued for Brevard County, east of Orlando.  A trained weather spotter reported a funnel cloud as severe storms moved across the central part of the state.  There were no immediate reports of damage.

Monday afternoon, storms moving off the Gulf of Mexico and into Southwest Florida were producing moderate to heavy rainfall.  WINK Skytracker meteorologist did not detect any severe weather in these storms. 

Stay with WINK News and WINK Skytracker Weather for updates as warranted throughout the afternoon.