Strong storms drop heavy rain, prompt warnings

Tornado warning in Putnam County expired with no reports of damage

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Although Tuesday was wet throughout Southeast Georgia and Northeast Florida, the real concern will come in a day or two as the rain continues.

The water was high in McCoys Creek, which is prone to flooding, but stayed within the creek’s banks.

Ponding formed along McCoys Creek Boulevard and on Ken Knight Drive on the Northside. Sidewalks along Hogan’s Creek were also submerged.

A radar-indicated tornado near Interlachen during the lunch hour tracked east toward the St. Johns River, but the tornado warning was allowed to expire at 1:15 p.m. and there were no reports of damage.

The severe thunderstorm that prompted the warning continued to move east toward St. Johns County.

A drought index from a month ago shows a slight drought for much of our state. But within the last 24 hours, that changed significantly. We could see more rain this week than we did the entire month of March, which was not quite 4 inches.

We saw 3.95 inches of rain in March, 3.19 inches in February and 3.30 inches in January.

We will see a month’s worth of rain this week, squashing our slight drought conditions.

Tuesday evening, we will see passing downpours, with the heaviest rain over our inland areas and the least rain in Southeastern Georgia. Expect mostly cloudy skies and overnight lows sinking down into the mid to upper 60s.

Wednesday will be wet, with widespread chances to see passing downpours, resulting in another half-inch to three-quarters of an inch of rain. By Wednesday night, most areas will have seen around 3-5 inches of beneficial rain this week, more than we got the entire month of March. We will see a few isolated severe thunderstorms with strong wind gusts and the potential for hail. The potential for isolated tornadoes is low. Expect warm temperature in the upper 70s between showers and winds out of the west, and then out of the north, between 5-10 mph.

Thursday dries out a bit, but will not be bone dry. Expect mostly cloudy skies and cooler temperatures in the mid to low 70s. We will see 40% chances for you to see the scattered storms that develop.

Friday will be one of the drier days this week, under mostly cloudy skies we will warm into the upper 70s and you have a 30% chance to get rained on.

The weekend will not be as dry as you might hope. Saturday the chances for rain are higher, but we will still see some scattered storms on Sunday. Both days we will hit the mid-80s.

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