URGENT – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
Tornado Watch Number 661
NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK
535 AM EDT Wed Aug 30 2023
The NWS Storm Prediction Center has issued a
* Tornado Watch for portions of
Central and North Florida
Southern and Eastern Georgia
* Effective this Wednesday morning and afternoon from 535 AM
until 300 PM EDT.
* Primary threats include…
A few tornadoes likely
Isolated significant damaging wind gusts to 75 mph possible
SUMMARY…Hurricane Idalia will continue northeastward across
northern Florida toward southeast Georgia today, with a related
strengthening of low/mid-level winds on its eastern periphery. These
strengthening winds and a moist low-level air mass will support
supercells capable of tornadoes.
The tornado watch area is approximately along and 85 statute miles
east and west of a line from 70 miles north northeast of Waycross GA
to 35 miles east of Saint Petersburg FL. For a complete depiction of
the watch see the associated watch outline update (WOUS64 KWNS
REMEMBER…A Tornado Watch means conditions are favorable for
tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch
area. Persons in these areas should be on the lookout for
threatening weather conditions and listen for later statements
and possible warnings.
OTHER WATCH INFORMATION…CONTINUE…WW 660…
AVIATION…Tornadoes and a few severe thunderstorms with hail
surface and aloft to 0.5 inches. Extreme turbulence and surface wind
gusts to 65 knots. A few cumulonimbi with maximum tops to 550. Mean
storm motion vector 22035.