FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY: Friday morning brings Severe threat

Strong/severe storms threaten the region Friday AM
Posted at 12:39 PM, Apr 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-18 12:39:27-04

MIDWAY, Fl. (WTXL) -- — Friday will likely be active, with strong to severe storms occurring before or during sunrise. An intense squall line is expected to drive through the region, bringing heavy downpours, frequent lightning and strong wind gusts with it. According to the National Weather Service and the Storm Prediction Center, the severe threats are from damaging wind gusts and a few tornadoes embedded within the squall line. In the strongest storms, wind gusts may exceed 60 or 70 mph. Because of this severe risk and the impacts it may have on the morning commute, WTXL is declaring Friday as a FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY. We will have extended coverage of the storm threat before, during, and after the storm.

Timing for the arrival of the line may be as early as 4:00am or as late as 8:00am. It is important to have ways to receive watches and warnings. The "Storm Shield" App will help keep you up to date and prepared for any severe weather threat. Be sure to download it. Search "Storm Shield" in the App Store or Google Play. Be extra aware of the weather as the morning commute may be heavily impacted by this severe threat.

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