Strong storms started to roll through the area as early as 4:00 am this morning. Rumbles of thunder and frequent lightning were many viewers' alarm clocks.
These storms were from a squall line ahead of a fast approaching cold front. Severe thunderstorms were issued throughout the afternoon, and the entire viewing area was under a severe thunderstorm watch until 5:00 pm this evening. Strong Low Level Shear even sparked waterspouts along the Gulf Coast.
The biggest threat with these storms was the gusty winds. Many areas saw wind gusts near 50 kts. The Tallahassee Regional Airport reported a wind gust of 42 kts, and the roof of the Love Building on the campus of FSU reported a wind gust of 47 kts. Gusty winds knocked down numerous tress which led to power outages across north Florida, and south Georgia.
Heavy rain was another threat as many local communities picked up over 1.00" of rain. The Bloxham Forestry Work Camp received 1.66".