NWS issues severe thunderstorm warning for Duval, St. Johns counties

Report of tornado prompts limited lockdown of Columbia County schools


The National Weather Service in Jacksonville has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for central St. Johns, eastern Duval counties until 2:15 p.m.

At 1:27 p.m., severe thunderstorms were along a line from near Oceanway to St. Augustine and moving east at 25 mph, moving northeast at near 40 mph..

The NWS says the storm could have 60 mph wind gusts.

So far there's a report of a tree down on a house in Bradford county and some damage on the campus of the University of Florida in Gainesville. 

Weather Authority meteorologist John Gaughan said these are weak severe storms, but will cause gusty winds and brief having downpours. After these storms, skies will be partly cloudy with a few scattered showers thereafter.

After 6 p.m., second round of storms should roll across north Florida, these could impact Jacksonville until 10 p.m.

For the latest severe weather alerts and radar map, visit The Weather Authority online.

Columbia County schools were placed under a limited-movement lockdown until noon after an unconfirmed sighting of a tornado west of Lake City.

That county will dismiss students 15 minutes early Friday in anticipation of a second line of thunderstorms that is expected to move through the area later this afternoon.

News4Jax is attempting to learn more about the passing weather any any damaged it cased.