A tornado watch has been issued for Alachua County, with potential for a severe thunderstorm warning until 6 p.m. Sunday, according to the National Weather Service in Jacksonville.
Gainesville can expect up to an inch of rain and gusts of up to 60 mph winds Sunday afternoon, with a slim chance of hail, said NWS meteorologist Phil Peterson.
“Be prepared to act quickly if warnings are issued,” Peterson said.
The tornado watch was issued at 10:34 a.m. Sunday for 13 counties in northeast Florida. A tornado warning, however, has not be issued.
A tornado watch indicates the potential for isolated funnel clouds to form, but does not call for an immediate action. A tornado warning, however, does require taking cover inside a sturdy building and away from windows immediately.
People should keep checking local weather forecasts for updates until 6 p.m., he said.