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Tornado Watch: Northern & Central FL, SE GA - Prepare for Tornadoes & Damaging Winds


Florida - The NWS Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma has issued Tornado Watch Number 241 for portions of Northern and Central Florida, Southeast Georgia, and Coastal Waters. This watch is effective from Tuesday morning until early afternoon, with the primary threats being a couple of possible tornadoes and scattered damaging wind gusts of up to 70 mph.


This is an urgent weather bulletin from the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center.


Issued at 6:25 AM EDT on Tuesday, May 14, 2024


Tornado Watch Number 241


Affecting Northern and Central Florida, Southeast Georgia, and Coastal Waters

A tornado watch has been issued for parts of northern and central Florida, as well as southeast Georgia and surrounding coastal waters, effective from 6:25 AM until 1:00 PM EDT today. Residents in these areas should be prepared for the possibility of tornadoes and scattered damaging wind gusts up to 70 mph.


Primary Threats

  • Tornadoes: A couple of tornadoes are possible.

  • Damaging Winds: Scattered gusts up to 70 mph.


Affected Area

The watch area includes regions approximately 85 miles north and south of a line from 50 miles west-northwest of Gainesville, FL to 15 miles north-northeast of St. Augustine, FL.


Summary

Meteorologists predict that storms will develop and intensify throughout the morning, moving east-northeast. These storms could produce damaging winds and tornadoes. Residents should stay vigilant and be prepared to take immediate action if a warning is issued.


Precautionary/Preparedness Actions

Remember, a Tornado Watch means conditions are favorable for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms. Residents in the watch area should stay alert, monitor weather updates, and be ready to seek shelter if necessary.


Detailed Forecast

Severe thunderstorms are possible today over parts of central and northern Florida into extreme southern Georgia. Damaging gusts and a few tornadoes are the main threats. Isolated severe storms may also affect the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys into the Carolina Piedmont, as well as the central Rockies and parts of western Texas.


Florida and Georgia:A storm system is moving across northern Florida, bringing the potential for severe weather. A mid-level weather system will enhance storm development, with temperatures and humidity levels creating favorable conditions for tornadoes and damaging winds.


Ohio and Tennessee Valleys into the Carolinas:Deep-layer moisture and daytime heating will create conditions for scattered thunderstorms. Damaging gusts, hail, and possibly a few tornadoes are expected.


Central Rockies and High Plains:Afternoon and evening storms are expected due to a low-amplitude weather system and daytime heating. These storms could produce severe gusts and hail.


Affected Areas

  • Slight Risk: Includes major cities such as Jacksonville, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Orlando, and Gainesville, Florida.

  • Marginal Risk: Extends to cities like Charlotte, NC; Denver, CO; Nashville, TN; Atlanta, GA; and Colorado Springs, CO.



Stay tuned to local news and weather stations for updates and be prepared to take action if severe weather strikes. This has been an urgent weather bulletin from the National Weather Service.



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