A weather advisory for northeastern Nassau and northeastern Duval counties was issued until 4 p.m. as strong thunderstorms moved through the area.
At 3:30 p.m., there were reports of a thunderstorm over Yulee with winds up to 45 mph and small hail, according to the National Weather Service.
The NWS also issued a special marine warning that included the waters from Fernandina Beach to St. Augustine and coastal waters from Fernandina Beach to St. Augustine until 6:45 p.m.
Special Marine Warning including the Waters from Fernandina Beach to St. Augustine FL from 20 to 60 NM, Waters from Altamaha Sound GA to Fernandina Beach FL from 20 to 60 NM and Coastal waters from Fernandina Beach to St. Augustine FL out 20 NM until 6:45 PM EDT pic.twitter.com/ZZv4t4lI7J— NWS Jacksonville (@NWSJacksonville) May 12, 2021
A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was in effect for parts of Southeast Georgia until 3:45 p.m.
The warning issued by the National Weather Service covered north-central Camden County, Glynn County, northeastern Brantley County and southeastern Wayne County. According to the NWS, a severe thunderstorm was located about nine miles northeast of Nahunta about 2:44 p.m. and heading east at 30 miles per hour. The storm was expected to produce 60-mph gusts and penny-sized hail.
Residents should expect damage to roofs, siding and trees for the following areas: Brunswick, St. Simons Island, Dock Junction, Country Club Estates, Thalmann, Sea Island, Everett, Waynesville, Atkinson and Mount Pleasant.
Lightning is one of nature’s leading killers. Remember, if you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning. It’s recommended that you move into an interior room on the lowest floor of a building if you’re in an impacted area.
The warning comes as the Weather Authority monitors strong storms firing up Wednesday afternoon. Storms are expected to begin filling in from the west and tracking back to Interstate 95.
Storms across Bradford County will push over Clay County and into western Duval County before 4 p.m. The wettest time will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. for the heavier rain and storms over may areas around I-95. Showers will linger through sunset.
The front to our north will sink south to near the Florida-Georgia line during the day and then move south of our area overnight tonight. On the south side of the front, temperatures in the 80s and low 90s for northeast Florida, upper 70s to low 80s for southeast Georgia.
Thursday will be much cooler as an airmass moves into the region following the front. A strong, steady northeasterly flow develops Thursday. Rounds of scattered showers will move through our area Thursday night, early Friday. Temperatures will be significantly cooler, with highs in the low-mid 60s in SE GA and highs in the 60s to 70s across NE FL. Overnight lows will range from the low-mid 50s in SE GA to upper 50s-low 60s in NE FL Thursday night.
Looking ahead: Showers will end early Friday, becoming sunny and breezy. Mainly dry under an increasing northeasterly flow this weekend.
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Sunrise: 6:35 am
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