ORLANDO, Florida – The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for several Florida counties that s in effect until 10:00 PM EDT tonight.
Affected areas include Brevard, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Lake, Marion, Nassau, Orange, Putnam, Seminole, St. Johns, and Volusia counties.
The watch was issued in response to severe thunderstorm conditions expected to develop in the region this afternoon.
The Florida counties listed in the Severe Thunderstorm Watch have been warned of possible severe storms with strong to damaging wind gusts of 50 to 60 mph, hail up to 1 inch in diameter, frequent lightning, and torrential downpours.
A few rotating storms could produce a brief tornado.
Residents in the affected areas are advised to move indoors to safety at the first sign of threatening skies, or if they hear thunder.
If you receive no warning, your best clue that a tornado is approaching is the tell-tale roaring or rumbling sound they make.
If you hear this, or a National Weather Service warning for your area, take cover quickly. Find a small, interior room on the lowest floor of a strong building and stay away from doors and windows.
Don’t try to outrun a tornado in a car.
If you see a tornado while in a car, take cover in a nearby strong building or get into a ditch on the side of the road.
Remember, tornadoes are deadly and can strike suddenly. They can destroy structures in minutes or seconds. Plan ahead now to be prepared, and don’t leave home without a weather radio.