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FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY: Severe storms possible Thursday morning, afternoon

Primary threats are damaging wind gusts and a few tornadoes
Posted at 4:18 PM, Feb 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-18 21:01:19-05

(WTXL) — The WTXL First Alert Weather Team has declared Thursday a First Alert Weather Day due to the upcoming severe weather threat that morning into the rest of the day.

Out next cold front will come as temperatures warm up, causing a broken line of rain and some stronger thunderstorms by sunrise in our western counties, gradually moving east into the afternoon.

The Storm Prediction Center has issued a slight (2 out of 5) risk for most of the coverage area.

The strongest storms will cause damaging wind gusts, and isolated tornadoes are also possible.

Expect the threat for severe weather to begin early Thursday morning and last through the day. The severe threat will decrease in the evening hours as instability in the atmosphere decreases, though rain and a few rumbles of thunder will likely remain through the night.

A tornado watch has been issued for several counties in our area, including Leon County, until 9 a.m.

HOW TO GET PREPARED:

As always, be sure to follow the ABC 27 First Alert Weather Team on Facebook and Twitter. Be sure to download the Storm Shield App to get watches and warnings delivered straight to your phone to stay updated on your forecast through the week. Get the app today: iPhone/iPad | Android.

Also, be sure to download the Storm Shield App to get watches and warnings delivered straight to your phone to stay updated through the weekend. Get the app today: iPhone/iPad | Android

Below is a list of Tallahassee radio stations that provide ABC 27's weather updates:

  • 103.1 The Wolf
  • Tally 99.9
  • HOT 104.9
  • Kool Oldies 106.1

Here's a list of links to report power outages in your area:

  • City of Tallahassee utilities customers can report power outages here.
  • Talquin Electric Cooperative customers can report power outages here.
  • Talquin Electric Cooperative customers can report power outages here.
  • Duke Energy customers can report power outages here.
  • Colquitt Electric Membership customers can report power outages here.
  • Suwannee Valley Electric Cooperative customers can report power outages here.
  • Tri-County Electric Cooperative customers can report power outages here.
  • Georgia Power customers can report power outages here.