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Tornado Risk in Florida Panhandle Tonight

A strengthening fast-moving front poses a growing risk for tornadoes in the Florida panhandle this evening, then to a lesser degree in parts of North Florida overnight. In addition to the chance of a tornado or two, a squall line of thunderstorms could also produce wind damage and small hail when it arrives. A Tornado Watch was issued at noon for the western half of the Florida panhandle until 9 pm Monday evening. Another watch is likely to be issued for areas further east later in the overnight hours. The front and corresponding line of showers and thunderstorms will exit the state quickly Tuesday morning.



Timing of the Risk

  • Pensacola to Panama City: 4 pm to 8 pm
  • Tallahassee to Big Bend: 8 pm to Midnight
  • Nature Coast to Lake City and Gainesville: Midnight to 3 am
  • Ocala to St. Augustine: 2 am to 5 am
  • I-4 corridor (Tampa to Orlando): 4 am to 7 am


This is what the radar looked like on the Florida Storms mobile app at 2:30 pm today.


Here's an animation of what future radar might look like...



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We will provide updates all evening and night on our new mobile app or to your local public radio station.


Sources include nearest National Weather Service office, National Hurricane Center, and the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network (@FloridaStorms).
Sources include nearby emergency management agencies, FEMA, and your local NPR affiliate. 
Sources include the Florida Department of Transportation, Florida Highway Patrol and other nearby traffic information.

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