5 p.m. update: The National Weather Service cancelled the tornado watch as of 5 p.m., but more precipitation and scattered storms were still expected in early evening.
The National Weather Service has placed Flagler, St. Johns, Putnam and 14 other counties in north and northeast Florida under a tornado watch Sunday until 6 p.m. The weather service issued the watch at 10:10 this morning.
The weather service is predicting a line of severe storms rolling over northeast Florida from the west around mid-afternoon to early evening. The squall line is expected to produce locally heavy rainfall of 1 to 2 inches, with locally heavier amounts, and winds of 30-40 mph.
“The strongest storms will be capable of large hail and brief tornadoes,” the weather service cautions, “especially over eastern counties during the mid-late afternoon.” The threat time is primarily mid-morning through early afternoon West of Waycross, Ga.– Gainesville, Fla. line, and mid-late afternoon east of that line.
Here’s a brief explanation of the difference between tornado watch and a tornado warning from the weather service:
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