Operation Stormwatch: High Winds; Tornado Watch

From the National Weather Service Tampa Bay: Tornado watch is in effect until 4p EDT.

Counties included:

ALACHUA

BAKER

BRADFORD

CITRUS

CLAY

COLUMBIA

DESOTO

DUVAL

FLAGLER

GILCHRIST

HAMILTON

HARDEE

HERNANDO

HILLSBOROUGH

LEVY

MANATEE

MARION

NASSAU

PASCO

PINELLAS

POLK

PUTNAM

SARASOTA

ST. JOHNS

SUMTER

SUWANNEE

UNION

...HIGH WIND IMPACT...

Increasing winds will result in hazardous conditions with a wind

advisory along the coast and a lake wind advisory inland. These

strong winds may break small twigs from trees and blow around any

unsecured outdoor objects. High profile vehicles should use extra

caution especially if traveling over bridges or high overpasses.

...COASTAL FLOOD IMPACT...

Strong onshore flow will create elevated waters levels along

coastal locations with flooding possible today...especially at

the times of high tide. A coastal flood warning is now effect

through this evening for Citrus and Levy counties. But all

coastal residents should be alert for later statements or

warnings...and take action to protect property.

...RIP CURRENT IMPACT...

Strong winds on Gulf waters will create high water levels at area

beaches with high surf and a high risk of rip currents possible

into early Sunday.

...MARINE IMPACTS...

Strong southerly winds on the Gulf will increase as they shift to

the northwest...in advance of a cold front moving through the

waters...and continue into Saturday. Wind speeds up to 20 to 25

knots with gusts to gale force will be possible...creating

hazardous boating conditions for small craft operators.

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