Update as of 8:30 PM...
The Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been completely cancelled for our area. The severe thunderstorms have now moved into Southeastern Georgia. No additional severe storms are expected tonight.
Update as of 6:00 PM...
The Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been cancelled in Franklin, Wakulla, Taylor and Lafayette counties.
The watch continues for the remainder of our viewing area, but the storm threat is rapidly diminishing. The remaining part of the watch could be cancelled by 8:00 PM
Update as of 5:15 PM...
The severe weather threat south of Interstate 10 is rapidly diminishing.
Severe weather remains possible in South Georgia and in North Florida, mainly in Echols, Clinch, and Hamilton counties.
A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect until 10 PM for the entire viewing area.
WCTV Meteorologists are monitoring radars for the potential of a few strong or severe thunderstorms between now and 10 PM.
A cold front, now located from Savannah, GA westward to about Troy, AL is expected to move very slowly southward and lift the hot and humid airmass now in place over much of our area.
Thunderstorms are forecast to develop between 2:30 and 4 PM over South Georgia. The storms will be hit or miss in nature, but areas near Thomasville, Valdosta, Moultrie and Homerville will have the greatest probability of seeing the storms. An isolated storm or two could form as far west as Bainbridge, Colquitt and Dothan.
Scattered thunderstorms may also form in North Florida, especially along and north of the Interstate 10 corridor, where the air is most unstable. A cooler seabreeze has kept temperatures a few degrees lower in Franklin, Wakulla and Taylor counties, so the threat of severe weather in counties that border the Gulf of Mexico is somewhat less.
Because of the strongly unstable airmass, the heaviest thunderstorms will be capable of producing damaging straight-line winds and large hail. Tornadoes are unlikely, but cannot be completely ruled out.
The thunderstorms are expected to weaken by around 9 or 10 o'clock once the sun sets and the airmass stabilizes.
Stay tuned to WCTV, wctv.tv and Eyewitness News Alert for the latest storm information.