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SPC Tornado Watch 256

WW 256 TORNADO FL GA CW 172345Z – 180500Z

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Tornado Watch Number 256
NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK
745 PM EDT Fri May 17 2024

The NWS Storm Prediction Center has issued a

* Tornado Watch for portions of 
  North Florida and Panhandle
  Southeast Georgia
  Coastal Waters

* Effective this Friday night and Saturday morning from 745 PM
  until 100 AM EDT.

* Primary threats include...
  A couple tornadoes possible
  Scattered damaging wind gusts to 70 mph possible
  Isolated large hail events to 1.5 inches in diameter possible

SUMMARY...A broken band of severe thunderstorms will move
east-southeast into the Florida Panhandle and adjacent portions of
southeast Georgia and north Florida during this evening.  In
addition to the risk for a couple of tornadoes, severe gusts 60-70
mph resulting in wind damage will be possible with any embedded
supercells or bowing segments, as they move east-southeast across
the Watch area.

The tornado watch area is approximately along and 35 statute miles
north and south of a line from 25 miles south southeast of Brunswick
GA to 45 miles southwest of Marianna FL. For a complete depiction of
the watch see the associated watch outline update (WOUS64 KWNS


REMEMBER...A Tornado Watch means conditions are favorable for
tornadoes and 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.



AVIATION...Tornadoes and a few severe thunderstorms with hail
surface and aloft to 1.5 inches. Extreme turbulence and surface wind
gusts to 60 knots. A few cumulonimbi with maximum tops to 450. Mean
storm motion vector 30030.


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