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Strong tornadoes, large hail target Florida to Carolinas


Staff Writers

Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 12:42 -

It appears as through the tornado drought is coming to an end. With the arrival of the Spring Equinox, we are beginning to see thunderstorms emerge right on cue! The Spring Equinox is here and we are seeing spring thunderstorms right on cue. It was a dangerous Monday night across the Deep South with 10 tornado reports and 3-4" hail across Cullman, AL. There was a path of destruction left behind a large tornado that moved through Jacksonville, AL. 

The National Weather Service will be out to do their damage assessment likely on Tuesday. There was also widespread wind damage with 46 local wind reports coming in to the National Weather Service. As the threat shifts eastward, we take a look at what to expect, below.


Weather highlights:

  • Severe storms will be possible from Florida Peninsula northward to portions of the coastal Carolinas
  • Damaging thunderstorm winds, large hail and a few tornadoes are possible
  • In addition to thunderstorms, rough surf and dangerous rip currents expected. Residents and visitors urged to stay off beaches in impacted states
  • Keep a close eye on warning updates on the ALERTS PAGE of our website, here

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Tuesday

  • A storm system will continue to track through the Southern Appalachians, Southeast/Mid-Atlantic today generating scattered to widespread rain and thunderstorms
  • Damaging thunderstorm winds, large hail and a few tornadoes are possible Tuesday from the Florida Peninsula northward to portions of the coastal Carolinas
  • Severe threat to continue over both the Gulf and peninsula Florida through sunset
  • Although some uncertainty on higher-end severe potential, the strength of low-level shear/flow should be favorable for a few tornadoes and damaging gusts, while steep lapse rates aloft will enable a large-hail threat with more organized updrafts. These cells will likely move off the Southeast coast by early evening.
  • A few severe storms are also expected across southwest into central Kansas and across northwest Oklahoma during the evening 



Spring Is Here! Find out what the upcoming season has in store for you in our Spring Forecast, here


LIGHTNING SAFETY TIPS

  • Stay away from windows.
  • Unplug appliances.
  • Do not use the telephone.
  • Avoid running tap water.
  • Try to reach a safe building or vehicle (picnic shelters, dugouts and sheds are NOT considered safe).
  • Avoid high ground, water, tall, isolated trees and metal objects such as fences or bleachers.
  • If you are out on the water, get to land and find shelter immediately.


IF SOMEONE IS STRUCK BY LIGHTNING

  • Call for help / dial 911.
  • The injured person has received an electrical shock and may be burned or have other injuries.
  • People who have been struck by lightning do not retain an electrical charge and can be handled safely.
  • Give first aid. If the heart has stopped beating, a trained person should give CPR.

Officials offer a 30-30 rule. If you can count 30 seconds or less between seeing a lightning flash and hearing the thunder, take shelter and stay there until 30 minutes after you last hear thunder. 




TORNADO SAFETY TIPS

  • Should a tornado develop, seek underground shelter when possible -- preferably in a basement.
  • In the absence of an underground room opt for a windowless interior room or hallway on the lowest level of a solid building.
  • Never try to outrun a tornado.
  • Keep cell phone and/or battery-operated radio handy so you can keep on top of tornado watches and warnings.
  • DO NOT go outside if a tornado is imminent or occurring in your area.


SEVERE WEATHER WARNING SIGNS

  • Large hail
  • Strong winds
  • Debris clouds and tree damage
  • Torrential rain 
  • Severe thunder/lightning
  • Dark, often greenish clouds
  • Funnel clouds

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Risk maps courtesy of Storm Prediction Center

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