Weather Authority Alert: Strong to severe storms possible Thursday

Tornado Watch for far southern areas until 4 p.m.

The squall line will be weakening as it approaches.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A Tornado Watch has been issued for Putnam and Flagler counties until 4 pm. The threat for severe weather is shifting southward in areas primarily south of the I-10 corridor.

The Weather Authority’s take

Rain has stabilized the atmosphere across most of the area, but instability is expected to increase in southern areas late this morning into the midday hours. This instability will allow showers and storms to intensify, possibly becoming severe.

Tornado Watch until 4 pm for Putnam and Flagler counties.

Gusty winds, heavy rainfall and a few isolated tornadoes will be possible in Putnam and Flagler counties.

For Jacksonville and the rest of Northeast Florida, a few isolated strong wind gusts remain possible, but the threat for severe weather is lower. The highest chance for a strong wind gust will be right at the coastline.

Most of Southeast Georgia will have minimal severe weather concerns at this time.

What to do?

You should anchor down plants on apartment balconies and bring in empty trash cans and other loose outdoor items. Squalls may bring non-severe winds to 50 mph that can still push loose outdoor items around.

You should consider pushing errands and outdoor plans to the mid to late afternoon hours, as by 5 p.m., as the sun sets, all the bad weather will have ended. Just a few lingering showers well south of Jacksonville, and cooler, drier conditions move in Friday.

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