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Monday, March 04, 2024

Tornado watch issued for Gainesville

<p dir="ltr"><span>Students walk to class in rainy weather.</span></p><p><span> </span></p>

Students walk to class in rainy weather.

 

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.

Contact Elliott Nasby at enasby@alligator.org. Follow him on Twitter at @_ElohEl.

Students walk to class in rainy weather.

 

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