JACKSONVILLE — A tornado watch is in effect until 4 p.m. this afternoon for 15 Florida counties, including Hamilton and Suwannee, and 14 Georgia counties.

A watch is also in effect until 11 a.m. for Lafayette County.

This is issued by the National Weather Service when conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes in and close to the watch area.

The severe thunderstorm warnings issued Friday morning have also now been extended to southeastern Suwannee County and southeastern Hamilton County until 11 a.m.

Those warnings come after a line of storms were located from near Live Oak to six miles east of Fowlers Bluff at 10:19 a.m., moving northeast at 55 miles per hour.


Severe thunderstorm warning issued

JACKSONVILLE — A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for northwestern Suwannee County and western Hamilton County as well as Lafayette County.

The warning, which was issued by the National Weather Service in Jacksonville, is in effect until 10:30 a.m.

Thunderstorms were located along a line that ran from near Luraville to near Lake Park, Ga., at 9:43 a.m. The storms were moving northeast at 45 miles per hour.

The National Weather Service in Tallahassee has also issued a severe thunderstorm warning that includes Lafayette County that is also in effect until 10:30 a.m.

According to the Tallahassee office, storms were located on a line from near Steinhatchee to near Horseshoe Point and were moving northeast at 45 miles per hour. 

According to the National Weather Service, wind gusts up to 60 mph are possible and could cause damage to roofs, siding and trees.

People within the storm area are encouraged to move to an interior room on the lowest floor of the building for protection.

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