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Tornado warning ends; thunderstorms continue in Flagler County

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The National Weather Service in Jacksonville canceled the tornado warning it issued Monday afternoon when a thunderstorm moving east toward the ocean generated a Doppler-indicated tornado.

The warning was issued for southern St. Johns and northern Flagler County until 3:15 p.m., but the warning was dropped about 3 p.m. There is also a severe thunderstorm for southern St. Johns and northern Flagler County.

The storm that triggered the warning was first spotted 7 miles east of San Mateo, or 7 miles southeast of Hastings and moving east at 10 mph. At that speed the storm would reach the Palm Coast area about 3:30 p.m.

News4Jax Meteorologist John Gaughan said it is most likely the storm was a waterspout over the St. Johns River and the system will likely move east across Flagler County and generating significant lighting, strong winds and possible hail.

At 2:45 p.m. Monday, St. Johns County closed its lifeguard towers for the remainder of the day due to severe weather in the area. Truck patrols would continue in the beaches until 6 p.m. Red flag conditions and a moderate risk of rip currents remain in effect for all St. Johns County beaches.