This live blog was last updated on Tuesday, February 26, at 2:30 p.m. EST.
Portions of Georgia and Florida are being rattled by locally severe thunderstorms capable of producing large hail and damaging winds.
Flooding downpours will be another threat associated with the thunderstorms.
A line of severe thunderstorms first fired across southern Arkansas to western Louisiana Monday afternoon. Hail with diameters up to 2 inches broke car windows. Severe thunderstorms unleashed hail, damaging wind, flash flooding across the Gulf states on Monday night.
Farther east, thunderstorms also turned severe across northern Florida on Monday afternoon. A tornado was spotted crossing over St. George Island Bridge in Franklin County, Fla.
2:15 p.m. EST Tuesday:
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12:40 p.m. EST Tuesday: The National Weather Service office in Tampa reports that a waterspout came onshore as an EF0 tornado with winds of 60 mph. They tweeted the photo below before the waterspout moved onshore:
12:20 p.m. EST Tuesday: A short-lived waterspout moved over northern Hillsborough Bay, about 2 miles south-southeast of Tampa, and dissipated as it approached Harbor Island.
10:50 a.m. EST Tuesday: Downed trees and flood have closed roads in Leon County, Fla.
County Road Closure Status as of 2/26/2013 10:15:51 AM
10:00 a.m. EST Tuesday:
9:10 a.m. EST Tuesday: The National Weather Service Forecast Office in Tampa Bay recorded a 91-mph wind gust at Cedar Key. There are numerous trees down and power outages through the Key.
7:40 a.m. EST Tuesday: A 52-mph thunderstorm wind gust was recorded north-northwest of Cedar Island, Fla.
4:26 a.m. EST Tuesday: Apalachicola Airport just gusted to 77 mph. Take cover now. This is a dangerous storm.
4:26 a.m. EST Tuesday: Radar indicates a developing tornado near Apalachicola, Fla. Tornado warning is in effect.
1:56 a.m. EST Tuesday: New Tornado Watch out for Florida Panhandle, including Tallahassee.
12:04 a.m. EST Tuesday: Winds have brought down a tree 5 miles north of Northport, AL. The tree is blocking the road near Mitt Larry road and Carrolls Creek.
8:31 p.m. EST Monday: Anywhere from 6-12 inches of rainfall has been reported across the Florida Panhandle, southern Alabama and Georgia since Friday.
5:41 p.m. EST Monday: A possible tornado damaged vehicles and downed power lines near East Houma, Louisiana.
2:57 p.m. EST Monday: Springhill, La., is reporting 1-inch hail.
2:30 p.m. EST Monday: Just before 2:00 p.m. EST, quarter-sized hail hammered an area 8 miles east of Mena, Ark. A house was struck by lightning 1 mile northeast of Mena, Ark.
1:27 p.m. EST Monday: "Severe weather is developing in western Arkansas and western Louisiana this hour. Wind damage and the potential for tornadoes is going up with each hour," AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Henry Margusity said.
12:55 p.m. EST Monday: Unconfirmed report of a waterspout seen from Franklin County, Fla. It was unclear whether or not the waterspout moved onshore as a tornado.
12:34 p.m. EST Monday: "With time, northern Florida is becoming more prime for tornado activity this afternoon," AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Henry Margusity said.
12:05 p.m. EST Monday: Reports of thunderstorm wind damage are coming out of Duval County, Fla. A utility company has reported a tree down and a few large limbs downing power lines in Leora Drive near downtown Jacksonville.
11:58 a.m. EST Monday: 4.28 inches of rain recorded in Decatur County, Ga., since midnight.
11:01 a.m. EST Monday: AccuWeather meteorologists are watching the storms west of Jacksonville, Fla., for potential tornadoes.
10:43 a.m. EST Monday: 45-mph wind gusts recorded in Live Oak, Fla.
10:36 a.m. EST Monday: Public reported 2-inch hail in Suwannee, Fla., causing broken car windows. Tree limbs downed in the area.
10:07 a.m. EST Monday: Emergency management has recorded several reports of golf ball-sized hail in Suwannee, Fla.
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