JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Update 6 p.m.
All severe weather watches and warnings have expired.
Update 4:51 p.m.
The tornado watch has been canceled in the Georgia counties of Brantley, Camden, Charlton and Glynn.
The tornado watch continues until 6 p.m. in the Florida counties of Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Clay, Duval, Gilchrist, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns and Union.
Update 4:34 p.m.
A thunderstorm warning for Duval County has expired.
Update 4:22 p.m.
The National Weather Service has canceled a tornado warning for Clay and Duval counties.
A severe thunderstorm warning remains in effect for Duval County until 4:45 p.m.
Update 4:11 p.m.
The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for Clay and Duval counties until 4:45 p.m.
Update 4 p.m.
Chief meteorologist John Gaughan says the Weather Authority Alert Day will now be in effect until 6 p.m.
The National Weather Service has extended a severe thunderstorm warning for Clay and Duval counties until 4:45 p.m.
Update 3:47 p.m.
The National Weather Service has canceled the tornado watch for Columbia County. The watch continues for Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Clay, Duval, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns and Union counties in Georgia. In Georgia, it continued for Brantley, Camden, Charlton and Glynn.
The thunderstorm warning expired early in Baker, Duval and Union counties. It continued until 4 p.m. in Bradford and Clay counties.
Update 3:43 p.m.
The severe thunderstorm warning has been expired in Bradford and Union counties. It continues until 4 p.m. for Baker, Clay and Duval counties.
Update 3:33 p.m.
A severe thunderstorm warning has been cancelled in Alachua County. It has been extended until 3:45 p.m. in Bradford and Union counties.
Update 3:30 p.m.
A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Baker, Clay, Duval, and Union counties until 4 p.m.
A tornado warning has expired for Alachua, Bradford and Union counties.
Update 3:17 p.m.
Just as a Tornado Warning for Alachua County was about to expire, a Tornado Warning for Bradford County was issued due to a radar-indicated tornado. It continues until 3:30 p.m.
Chief Meteorologist John Gaughan, who is tracking it on Channel 4, said these storms don’t look particularly strong.
Tornado Warning including La Crosse FL, Brooker FL, Worthington Springs FL until 3:30 PM EDT pic.twitter.com/qcJrcaIkP1— NWS Jacksonville (@NWSJacksonville) March 18, 2021
This comes as a Tornado Watch continues across Southeast Georgia and Northeast Georgia until 6 p.m. This includes Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Duval, Union in Florida and Nassau counties along with Camden, Glynn, Charlton, Brantley, Ware, Clinch and Echols counties in Georgia.
Original story follows
The squall line over portions of western Georgia will continue to track east northeast through the late morning early afternoon. Our warm unstable atmosphere will allow these storms to intensify over the next few hours.
Those across Southeast Georgia and Northeast Florida have the potential to see strong to severe storms producing damaging winds, frequent lightning, heavy rainfall and isolated tornadoes. The National Weather Service received a report of multiple trees down in Pierce County that happened during a Tornado Warning that was issued about 1:45 p.m.
The timeframe for these storms runs from now through 7 p.m. It’s why the Weather Authority has declared Thursday an Alert Day.
All Duval County Public Schools athletics practices and competitions for today are canceled due to area being under tornado watch, per district AD Tammie Talley.— Justin Barney (@JustinBarneyTV) March 18, 2021
Ware County schools dismissed early for the day and Duval County has canceled afternoon practices and competition scheduled for Thursday.
The strong storm front has left splintered homes and broken trees across Alabama and Mississippi moved into Georgia and Florida on Thursday, rousing residents with early morning warnings as forecasters said the threat of dangerous weather approaches the Atlantic coast.
We have multiple ways to receive warnings. You can download the Weather Authority App to get warnings in your specific location, check for updates on News4Jax.com and watch Channel 4 for updates and the top of each hour.