Tornado Watch Expired as of 9:00 p.m. Saturday

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By: Hannah Messier | WCTV Pinpoint Weather
Jan. 11, 2020 - 9:40 PM

The tornado watch expired for the WCTV viewing area

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. The tornado watch previously issued for our area expired at 9:00 p.m. Saturday. All the storms in our region weakened below the severe threshold and will continue to diminish over the next several hours.

That being said, storms are just reaching Tallahassee and Thomasville as of 9:40 p.m. Saturday. Storms still have the potential for wind gusts up to 40 mph and lightning. Even though warnings aren't in effect, staying inside is still a good idea.

Overnight tonight the squall line will continue to weaken becoming scattered showers with a few thunderstorms by the time they reach Suwannee and Hamilton Counties.

At 8:17 p.m. 911 dispatch reported downed trees and powerlines near Bainbridge in Decatur County with 990 customers without power west of Bainbridge, according to the National Weather Service.


By: Hannah Messier | WCTV Pinpoint Weather
Jan. 11, 2020 - 7:00 PM

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. A Tornado Watch was issued for Jackson, Washington, and Franklin counties in Florida and Seminole, Miller, Decatur, and Grady counties in Southern Georgia. The watch is in effect until 9:00 p.m. EST (8:00 p.m. CST) Saturday Night.

Several severe thunderstorm warnings have already been issued in these counties with 60 to 70 mph wind gusts being the main threat. Straightline wind gusts can be just as dangerous as a weak tornado, bringing down trees and powerlines, so make sure to spend the night inside.

Storms will continue to move east as the cold front makes its way through the southeast. Storms are expected to reach Tallahassee and Thomasville roughly by 9:00 p.m. Saturday. The line of storms will weaken as they move off to the east with the risk for severe weather diminishing by the time they reach Valdosta and Live Oak.

Download the WCTV Pinpoint Weather App to stay updated on the storms.


By: Hannah Messier | WCTV Pinpoint Weather
Jan. 11, 2020

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (WCTV)-- Strong to Severe storms are expected to move into the Big Bend and Southern Georgia Saturday evening and night.

The Storm Prediction Center still has an Enhanced risk issued in the west from Houston County, Ala. to Bay County, Fla. A Slight risk is forecasted for Southwestern Georgia and down through Franklin County, Fla. Lastly, a Marginal risk has been issued east of Jefferson County. The main threat with storms tonight are strong wind gusts, small hail, and an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.

The stronger storms will reach the western Florida Panhandle this evening as the cold front that brought storms to Texas and Oklahoma last night moves east. Storms are expected to slow down and start to weaken as they head east, reaching southern Georgia and the Big Bend Saturday night. By the time the storms cross the Aucilla River, they'll weaken further with the risk for severe weather diminishing after midnight.

Make sure to download and pay attention to your Pinpoint Weather App tonight as storms swing across the region.


By: Hannah Messier | WCTV Pinpoint Weather
January 10, 2020

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Big Bend and Southern Georgia areas have a threat for severe weather Saturday night.

The Storm Prediction Center issued an Enhanced Risk (Level 3 of 5) for areas in the west, including western Jackson County. A slight risk is in place (Level 2 of 5) from Liberty to Jefferson counties, which includes Tallahassee and South Georgia.

Farther east, chances for severe weather are even lower ( Level 1 of 5).

This means from the evening into overnight on Saturday, we'll see the chance for strong storms to swing through our viewing area. The largest threat will be high wind gusts, but hail and a tornado can't be ruled out.

Make sure to download the WCTV Pinpoint Weather app from the App Store or Google Play Store to get the latest updates on storms this weekend.

Thankfully, conditions won't be as bad here as they were farther west where multiple tornado warnings were issued on Friday. The system is expected to move off to the northeast, weakening storms as they move into the WCTV viewing area. That being said, make sure to pay attention to the forecast this weekend.


By: Charles Roop | WCTV Pinpoint Weather
January 9, 2020

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- There is a chance of strong thunderstorms, with a threat of damaging winds and an isolated tornado, for the Big Bend and South Georgia areas over the weekend.

There is a slight (level 2 out of 5) risk of severe weather for the central and western Big Bend and Southwest Georgia area late Saturday afternoon and into the night, according to the Storm Prediction Center. A lesser, level 1 out of 5 (marginal) threat is in place for our eastern Big Bend and central-south Georgia counties.

A trough of low pressure aloft, along with a surface low and cold front, is expected to move east, then northeast from the Deep South to the Great Lakes Saturday afternoon and into the night. The trough will bring in some energy as it moves northeasterly. Deep wind shear, along with ample moisture, will help set the stage for the potential damaging winds and isolated tornadoes.

Limiting factors will include lower amounts of energy for thunderstorms, along with the departing trough bringing some of the energy with it. Also, with timing of arrival of a squall line during the evening and overnight hours, lack of daytime heating will help lower the threat.

So far, the time of arrival of a squall line, which may also bring heavy rain and lightning, will be the early Saturday evening for our western areas and overnight into early Sunday morning for areas in the east.

We will keep you up to date on the latest forecast.

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