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Friday, April 19, 2024

Marion County under tornado watch until this afternoon

Marion County is one of 11 counties across northeast Florida that are currently under a tornado watch.

The National Weather Service issued the tornado watch just before 11 a.m. on Wednesday morning. The advisory comes after several other advisories for severe thunderstorms and winds up to 60 mph impacting the region.

NWS says that the watch is currently in effect for northern and northeastern Florida until 5 p.m. today.

In addition to Marion, other counties under the advisory include Clay, Nassau, Duval, Putnam, Flagler, St. Jouns, Alachua, Bradford, Union, and Gilchrist.

Residents are encouraged to move to interior rooms on the lowest floors of their homes, according to NWS.

“Torrential rainfall is occurring with these storms, and may lead to flash flooding. Do not drive your vehicle through flooded roadways,” reads a statement from NWS.