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Tornado Watch North and Central Florida

A Tornado Watch has been issued for all north & central Florida until 7 pm. The potential exists for a significant outbreak of severe thunderstorms capable of producing a tornado, destructive wind gusts up to 70 mph, and hail as large as nickels.

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According to the latest data from the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network team of meteorologists, here is when the risk is the greatest for various regions around Florida.

  • Noon - 4 pm:Gainesville, Cedar Key, Ocala, Palatka and St. Augustine
  • 2 pm- 6 pm: First Coast, Jacksonville, Bradford & Union Counties
  • 4 pm - 8 pm: Tampa Bay Area, Orlando, Daytona and the Space Coast
  • 6 pm - 10 pm: Port Charlotte, Okeechobee and Fort Pierce


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Updates will be posted below, on the @FloridaStorms Twitter account and available via the Florida Storms Facebook Page.

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Jeff Huffman is Chief Meteorologist at the University of Florida in Gainesville. In addition to his full-time position at the university's radio and television stations, WUFT-FM/TV and WRUF-TV, the latter of which he co-founded, Huffman also provides weather coverage to public radio stations throughout Florida
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