HOLT, Fla., April 18, 2019 (4:45 p.m.)–The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for the entire forecast area.
This includes Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton counties.
The watch is in effect until 11 p.m. tonight.
Strong-to-severe storm threat will be damaging winds with the possibility of a few tornadoes. A few tornadoes could be strong, according to the NWS.
“Tornadoes at night can be particularly dangerous because they are usually fast-moving and difficult to see,” according to a statement by the Storm Prediction Center. “Several tornadoes (a few significant) and scattered-to-widespread damaging winds are possible through tonight across the Lower Mississippi Valley and central Gulf Coast states.”
Additionally, this area is also under a wind advisory this afternoon until late tonight.
Southerly winds from 15-to-25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph are expected.
The Storm Prediction Center is forecasting straight-line winds in excess of 70 mph are possible with stronger thunderstorms associated with this system.
Light outdoor objects should be secured or stored indoors.