TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — A line of storms will approach the Big Bend and South Georgia region later this evening, potentially bringing with it damaging winds and isolated tornadoes.
Before any storms arrive, though, windy conditions will be experienced in many areas, particularly coastal zones, where steady winds of 20 mph or more are likely. Gusts may exceed 35 mph. A wind advisory is in effect for most counties along and west of U.S. Highway 319 until later tonight.
The severity of tonight's storms, locally speaking, will all depend on how early they arrive.
A Tornado Watch is in effect to our west until 9pm. This watch includes Jackson (FL) County and Seminole, Miller, and Baker (GA) Counties. A Tornado Watch means conditions are favorable for favorable for tornadoes as these storms approach in the next few hours.
Best chance for severe weather will be for areas further west, with straight-line damaging winds and an isolated tornado being the primary threats. Locations near the Chattahoochee, Flint, and Apalachicola rivers have the highest chances for these severe-weather conditions.
A line of storms is expected to arrive this evening (entering our western counties near Marianna shortly after sunset) and generally weaken across the Big Bend. That could change depending on how fast the storms are moving,
Earlier arrival/faster moving front = higher severe potential
Later arrival/slower moving front = lower severe potential
While thunderstorms may continue past midnight, the severe threat will quickly diminish into the Sunday morning hours.
Regardless, this system will bring severe storms capable of producing tornadoes and damaging winds across the mid-south through tomorrow and Saturday, and it's important to stay weather aware whether we see the worst storms or not!
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Thomasville Utilities customers can report power outages here.
City of Moultrie Utilities customers can report power outages here.