Tornado threat for all of Channel 4's viewing area
Jacksonville added to Tornado Watch
The final countdown to the squall line of severe possibly tornadic storms is now about 90 minutes away from Jacksonville.As these storms pass understand you may NOT see much more than passing gusty wind and brief (10 min) downpour.
But, you should be prepared to seek shelter if a TORNADO WARNING is issues for your area.Stay Alert.
Conditions will dramatically change over the next 2 hours!
Most of our area is under a Tornado Watch through 8:00pm this evening. A Watch means conditions are possible, If a Tornado Warning is issued, it means that the radar is indicating a potential tornado has developed, or a tornado has been spotted. The Tornado Watch is being classified as a Particularly Dangerous Situation because of the elements in our atmosphere that will contribute to the potential for wind gusts up to 85 mph, large hail, and strong tornadoes.Between 4:00-6:00pm the line of severe storms will approach I-75. They will push quickly through our area and will be along I-95 between 5-8:00pm. The earlier part of the time ranges apply to the Northern part of our area, the later part of the time ranges apply to our Southern counties.
We have expanded our coverage today, with hourly cut ins at the top of each hour, a full hour-long 6:00pm newscast, and as the severe weather begins to move into our area, we will go live on air to let you know when the storms are approaching your neighborhood.We will keep you updated, please share your safely taken storm photos with us on StormPins.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla – Powerful jet stream has been slamming into California this month, with much of the energy dumping out into the Sierra Nevada mountains with up to 30 feet of snow and massive amounts of rain is now about to turn its energy to the Southeast United States this weekend.
One-two punch; Saturday then Sunday
Flooding will be likely in areas that see more than 3 inches, most locations in Georgia has already seen 1-3 inches just on Saturday alone.
Jacksonville will see showers this evening. A few morning patches of fog will quickly give way to building clouds and very warm temperatures. Afternoon highs will reach near 80 degrees as southwesterly winds build, gusting up to 30 mph through the day.
Weather Authority Alert Day Sunday for tornadoes
The Storm Prediction Center is placing Jacksonville squarely within the moderate risk for tornadoes, large hail and intense severe thunderstorm winds for Sunday.
Know where a SAFE ROOM is, even if meeting up with friends.
Again, this threat is real, doesn't mean everyone will be impacted by this severe weather event, but this pattern is text book, which is why as early as last Tuesday evening we placed Sunday as a Weather Authority Alert Day. I will post more information on what/where a good safe room is later today.
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