HOLT Fla., April 14, 2018, 5 p.m. CDT--The National Weather Service in Mobile has included Okaloosa County in the greatest risk area for tornadoes and significant damaging wind.
Timeframe for of the greatest risk for severe weather is between 9 p.m. and 2 p.m. tonight and into the early hours Sunday morning.
Part of Walton County is also included in this updated information.
According to the NWS, the severe weather threat will increase tonight as a line of storms begin accelerating east tonight, putting the Florida Panhandle in an increased threat for severe weather.
Severe weather is likely tonight along and immediately ahead of the main squall line, according to the NWS.
Damaging wind gusts and tornadoes are both threats. Isolated instances of wind gusts of 70-plus mph are possible.
NWS provides updated info about approaching storms
HOLT, Fla., April 14, 2018–The National Weather Service in Mobile has updated information about the approaching storm system through its social media accounts.
The system has slowed its progression this afternoon with the main line of storms slowly moving east along or behind the cold air associated with the front. This is enhancing the flood threat across the western portion of the forecast area through the evening.
As the next system pushes across central Texas, the storm system affecting this area will be pushed quicker eastward resulting in an enhanced severe weather threat into the far western parts of the Florida panhandle very late this afternoon into this evening, according to the NWS.
NWS Mobile’s direct responses to Facebook questions:
Q: Is Pensacola expected to get the worst? Is there still a high chance for tornadoes?
A: There is still a chance for strong winds, flooding and tornadoes across the Pensacola area this evening. Don’t let your guard down yet. Storms won’t start moving through until later this afternoon/evening. It’ll just be gusty up till then (maybe a few rain showers, too).
Q: When is the weather going to move through the Pensacola area/Gulf Breeze area?
A: Not until this evening. Right now we’re looking at the line of storms making it over there after 6 p.m. We posted timing graphics a few hours ago. If anything changes on the timing, we will update those graphics and post them here and on our Twitter account.
Q: What’s the time frame for Santa Rosa County?
A: The line shouldn’t reach there until mid-evening, after 6 or 7 p.m. A timing graphic posted a few hours ago seems to be in line with what is currently going on, but if anything changes, we will update those timing graphics and post them on Facebook and Twitter.
Q: Should Okaloosa County be worried?
A: Right now, Okaloosa County is not in the tornado watch; it’s just west of you. The main squall line (line of storms) is well to your west and won’t impact your area until later tonight (after 9 p.m.). There is still definitely the threat for very strong winds (70+mph), flooding and possibly a few tornadoes as the line moves through your area later tonight.