Wild Winds, Tornados Touch Down in North Florida

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An approaching cold front brought severe weather to the area Thursday afternoon. Two tornado warnings were issued as a result.

The first was issued for Taylor County just before 5:30pm. The National Weather Service detected a potential tornado approaching Perry. The Perry Police Department reported a tornado touchdown near the police station. No damage was seen.

The second tornado warning was issued for Hamilton and Suwannee Counties around 6:15pm. There were no reports of a tornado in that area.

If you have pictures of any damage caused by Thursday’s severe weather, send them to weather@wctv.tv.

Active day for weather...

Likely to be sprinkles before the big showers come... Expect those big showers to happen between 2 and 5 pm. Stronger thunderstorms could occur.

We've seen tornado warnings to our West in Mississippi and Alabama and in the Panhandle of Florida already. That means RADAR has picked up the signatures of rotation in some of these storms. Plenty of damage reported in Mobile from this also.
A tornado watch now exists into about HALF of our area, so the active weather looks to continue into the afternoon and evening around here. The first showers we see wont be the strongest... but shortly thereafter the next round will... so be ready for a few different shower events this afternoon.

Big clearing, and much calmer weather comes this weekend.

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Associated Press Release

Associated Press
ATLANTA (AP) -- Forecasters issued a tornado watch for 14 Georgia counties as fierce storms that ripped the roofs from buildings and knocked out power to 18,000 customers in Alabama headed toward southwest Georgia.

The National Weather Service said the tornado watch in Georgia would be effect until Thursday evening. It included the southwest Georgia cities of Albany, Blakely, Bainbridge, Cairo, Colquitt and Donalsonville.

The storms were moving into the state from south Alabama. They knocked out power to 18,000 customers statewide Thursday morning.

Alabama Power spokeswoman Keisa Sharpe-Johnson says the outages were spread across the state, with about 8,600 in the hard-hit Mobile area. A storm that struck Mobile peeled the roofs from buildings, toppled some trucks and blew down Oak trees and limbs, leading to some road closures.