Severe Storms to Threaten Damage and Holiday Travel in Florida, Georgia

By , Expert Senior Meteorologist
November 27, 2013; 3:18 AM
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There is the risk of severe thunderstorms Tuesday into the first part of Tuesday night in parts of Florida and Georgia that could bring damage and disrupt travel.

The greatest risk for the storms is from the eastern part of the Florida Panhandle to the northern and central counties of the Florida Peninsula, as well as southern Georgia.

AccuWeather meteorologists continue to watch a severe weather potential in Florida that is expected to end around midnight. The potential will exist through early Wednesday east of the Carolinas, east of Columbia, S.C., and Raleigh, N.C.

As the line of severe weather rolls through, it could add to road and flight delays already mounting from the storm system as it moves out from the South Central states.

Some of the storms will bring blinding downpours and strong wind gusts. Storm risks include flash flooding, sporadic power outages and property damage.

There is a chance that a few of the strongest storms will produce a tornado as well. The risk of a few tornadoes over northern Florida and southern Georgia will follow heavy rain from the morning hours.

A line of thunderstorms was developing farther west over the Florida Panhandle at midday Tuesday.

According to AccuWeather.com Severe Weather Expert Henry Margusity, "A few storms capable of producing tornadoes were firing along a warm front over the Florida Panhandle at midday, ahead of a squall line that will move through later on."

A 911 call into Gulf County, Fla. EMS indicated possible minor tornado damage near Stonemill Creek around 10:00 a.m. ET. The community is about 75 miles southwest of Tallahassee.

At 11:16 a.m. ET, a funnel cloud was observed by a trained spotter for the National Weather Service, near Frink, Fla. The storm, which was different from the earlier report near Stonemill Creek, was passing over Highway 20.

Cities that could be in the path of the storms include Tampa, Orlando, Ocala, Gainesville, Tallahassee, and Jacksonville, Fla.; Savannah, Valdosta, Waycross, and Brunswick, Ga.; and Hilton Head, S.C.

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People are encouraged to monitor severe weather bulletins, whether they will be traveling or staying at home. The risk of dangerous thunderstorms includes coastal waters around Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas.

North and west of the severe thunderstorm risk area, heavy rain will fall into Tuesday evening, bringing the potential for flash and urban flooding.

There have been reports of flooding in Gilmer and Lumpkin counties in Georgia, according to emergency management.

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