JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A severe thunderstorm swept through Duval, Clay, St Johns, and Nassau counties just after 6:30 Saturday evening, prompting a severe thunderstorm warning.
The primary concerns with this storm were excessive lightning, heavy rain and strong, gusty winds. Some of the winds were capable of reaching speeds close to 60 miles per hour in the most severe cases, and quarter-sized hail was also possible.
Some areas received heavy downpours, and by the end of the weekend, rainfall totals should range between one and three inches, nearly overcoming our April rainfall deficit in some cases.
The storms had the potential to knock out power to some regions and down trees and limbs. Reduced visibilities during times of heavy rain, and pounding of the water on the roadways could contribute to driving difficulty and traffic accidents.
Overnight Saturday, passing showers are expected, making for a damp start to Sunday. Sunday will begin wet, and dry out noon, with eventual clearing. Clear, dry, cool weather ushers in breezily on Monday and sticks around for the mid-workweek.