…Tornado Watch through 8 pm for SE Ga and portions of NE FL…

…Strong to Severe Storms and a Few Tornadoes Possible through this mid-evening…

Synopsis & Timing

Broken bands of showers and thunderstorms will continue to impact SE Georgia and the Suwannee River Valley of NE Florida this afternoon with a more consolidated line of showers and thunderstorms just east of the aforementioned region that will continue to track east across the region this late afternoon and early evening.  There is markedly less activity across our SE Florida zones at this time. Even outside of thunderstorm activity, showers can produce wind gusts of 30-40 mph at times.  Some storms are exhibiting rotation over Southeast Georgia and it is important to remain vigilant with a weather eye to the sky through the remaining afternoon hours and this evening.

Remember, a watch means that severe storms or tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area, and to stay alert for possible warnings as storms near your location.

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Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia Impacts:

Tornadoes:   At this time, the threat for isolated tornadoes appears to be increasing with the low level jet strengthening and the approach of the consolidated squall line.  Brief tornadoes could quickly come to fruition along or ahead of the squall line/convective line this late afternoon through mid- evening. Please utilize media, internet, smart phone and tabular apps and NOAA weather radio to keep abreast of the latest warnings from the National Weather Service.

Winds:  While the main threat from any thunderstorms that form will be strong winds in the neighborhood of 40-50 mph, the potential exists for a few stronger storms capable of higher wind speeds of 50 to 70 mph. Damaging straight line winds in excess of 58 MPH will be possible and are more likely along and ahead of the squall line this evening as storms track eastward.

Hail:  The threat for severe hail will be limited with some of the stronger storms having hail near the size of quarters.

Rainfall: Rainfall amounts of 1″ to 2″ will be possible with isolated higher pockets of 3” likely with rain efficient thunderstorms, especially along and west of a line from Jesup, Georgia to Lake City, FL.

Please call us directly with any specific questions and/or concerns for your local area.

Best regards,

Scott Cordero

 

Additional Information Resources:

NWS Jacksonville Webpage:  weather.gov/jax

NWS Jacksoville Facebook:  facebook.com/US.NationalWeatherService.Jacksonville.gov

NWS Jacksonville Twitter:   twitter.com/NWSJacksonville

AHPS River Forecasts:  water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=jax