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UPDATE: Tornado watch extended to coastal, eastern Big Bend

Tornado Watch until 7pm EST (12/20/2012)
Posted at 3:40 PM, Dec 20, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-20 14:05:38-05

A tornado watch is in effect until 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time for many coastal Big Bend counties. 

Specific counties under this watch include Wakulla, Jefferson, Madison, Lafayette, and Taylor.  Waterways of Apalachee Bay are also included.

A band of strong storms is moving through the WTXL viewing area from the west.  A line of storms has made progress through the region, reaching the tri-state area around midday and advancing to the east.  Heavy rain is possible for the late-afternoon hours across the central Big Bend, with a few storms containing strong wind gusts. 

Isolated tornadoes can't be ruled out, especially near the coast, through the early-evening time frame.

The overall severe threat is forecast to decrease later in the evening, and in interior areas, where extra instability and energy in the atmosphere aren't present.

Stay tuned to WTXL ABC 27, Weather NOW on channel 27.3, and for the latest information and updates.