JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Sunday afternoon temperatures rose into the upper 80s and low 90s, helping to fire off several rounds of severe thunderstorms and prompt a tornado warning for Charlton and Ware counties in southeast Georgia. Just after 3:00pm, severe thunderstorms developed along I-75 in northeastern Florida and along highway 84 in southeast Georgia. These thunderstorms prompted severe thunderstorm warning for much of the afternoon, dropping quarter to dime size hail, excessive lightning, and wind gusts up to 60mph.
Dan Dendauw of Macclenny, FL reported "Wife was driving and was hit with 1/2" hail just 3 miles south of I-10 and SR 228. cracked windshield and 12 or so dents quarter in size! 30 min ago.. She's ok.. just scared a bit... says it sounded like shotguns goin off"
Channel 4 also received several other reports of hail from southeast Georgia and northeast Florida from 3:00pm through 6:45pm. At this time, the only wind damage reported to the National Weather Service was in Bradford County, FL at 6:15- one large tree was down near the intersection of County Road 21B and Southwest 15th Avenue.
The radar indicated tornado prompted a tornado warning for Charlton and Ware counties in southeast Georgia for half an hour, starting at 5:29pm. The storm moved mostly over rural areas, and no official damage reports have been issued at this time.
The storms will fade this evening and as the easterly breeze weakens, the storms may drift slowly east, dropping rain on coastal counties around 8:00pm. Overnight, no new development is expected.
Memorial Day Monday is expected to start warm and muggy, with inland afternoon storm potential developing during the afternoon hours.