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Nature Coast Weather Advisory for March 20-21 continues

By Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ Posted on March 20, 2018

The National Weather Service continues to monitor an area of severe weather today. Showers and thunderstorms are expected to begin late this morning and continue through this afternoon. The Nature Coast remains under an enhanced risk for severe weather. Some severe storms will be likely with damaging winds being the primary concern. However, the strongest storms may also produce large hail and carry a threat of tornadoes. A Lake Wind Advisory is in effect from 1 to 8 pm.

POSSIBLE IMPACTS

  • Damaging wind gusts to 60 mph, 1 to 2-inch hail, frequent lightning, and isolated tornadoes will be possible.
  • Rainfall forecast totals through Thursday are less than 1 inch.
  • Winds over the Gulf of Mexico will increase to near gale force behind the cold front tonight and Wednesday, with seas building up to 10 feet offshore.
  • Tides are likely to be around 1 foot above normal levels.
  • Strong rip currents will be likely today and Wednesday along area beaches, along with high surf.

RECOMMENDED ACTIONS

  • Residents are urged to actively monitor local news or the National Weather Service at (https://www.weather.gov/tbw/).
  • Employees working outdoors should be prepared to take immediate cover as storms approach.
  • Mariners should heed warnings on small craft advisories.
  • Residents living in low lying, flood prone areas should take necessary precautions to protect life and property.
  • Turn around, don’t drown. Do not drive through flooded areas.
  • Report damages promptly to the Emergency Operations Center at (352) 754-4083.

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