Severe Weather Alert for Friday

The National Weather Service has advised that a line of showers and isolated thunderstorms is expected thumbnailto move across the Florida peninsula ahead of a strong cold front on Friday. Some isolated severe storms will be possible with this line, especially across the Nature Coast as showers and storms race to the east beginning mid-morning on Friday and continuing through Friday afternoon and evening.

POSSIBLE IMPACTS
Primary impacts from the storms are expected to be:

  • Strong wind gusts up to 60 mph
  • Occasional lightning strikes
  • Locally heavy rainfall
  • Large hail
  • Isolated tornadoes or waterspouts
  • Small Craft Advisory conditions likely over gulf waters on Friday
  • Strong and frequent rip currents likely Friday and Saturday along area beaches

RECOMMENDED ACTIONS

  • Residents are urged to actively monitor local news media or the National Weather Service at https://www.weather.gov/tbw/
  • Test weather radio and change batteries if needed
  • If a tornado warning is issued, seek shelter in an interior, windowless room
  • Locally heavy rainfall may cause quick ponding of water on roadways. Turn around, don’t drown. Do not drive through flooded areas
  • Mariners should heed small craft advisories
  • Report damages promptly to the Emergency Operations Center at (352) 754-4083
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