URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED Severe Thunderstorm Watch Number 150 NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 115 PM EDT Sat Jun 2 2018 The NWS Storm Prediction Center has issued a * Severe Thunderstorm Watch for portions of Southeast Alabama North Florida Southern Georgia Coastal Waters * Effective this Saturday afternoon and evening from 115 PM until 800 PM EDT. * Primary threats include... Scattered damaging wind gusts to 70 mph possible Isolated large hail events to 1.5 inches in diameter possible SUMMARY...Storms will continue to increase and intensify within a very moist and unstable air mass across the region. Modestly enhanced mid-level winds could support some semi-sustained/organized southeastward-spreading multicellular storm clusters with damaging wind and some hail potential. The severe thunderstorm watch area is approximately along and 80 statute miles north and south of a line from 30 miles north northwest of Panama City FL to 25 miles southeast of Brunswick GA. For a complete depiction of the watch see the associated watch outline update (WOUS64 KWNS WOU0). PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... REMEMBER...A Severe Thunderstorm Watch means conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area. Persons in these areas should be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions and listen for later statements and possible warnings. Severe thunderstorms can and occasionally do produce tornadoes. &&
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Most of Florida is experiencing a dry - and hot - Saturday. However, an upper-level disturbance is likely to turn the skies stormy across the northern third of the state. The Storm Prediction Center highlighted sections of north Florida as having a risk of severe thunderstorms earlier in the day.
NEW! Despite the drier pattern, the risk of a few severe thunderstorms is increasing across portions of #NFla and #FLPanhandle today. Highest chances near #PCB and #Tally by mid-afternoon, then in #Jax metro by early evening. #flwx pic.twitter.com/bG67bcBhg3
— Florida Storms (@FloridaStorms) June 2, 2018
A few hours later, just after 1 pm EDT, the National Weather Service issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for much of the same area, for the possibility of damaging wind gusts and large hail. The latest Future Radar (seen below) suggests several of the smaller cells developing in the panhandle will congeal into a larger complex of storms, traversing the I-10 corridor and approximately 40 miles either side of it, all the way to the First Coast. The storms are most likely near Tallahassee between 2 and 5 pm, Lake City and Gainesville 4 to 7 pm, and Jacksonville 5 to 8 pm.