Tornado watch in effect for Southeast, thunderstorms to hit near coast
UPDATED 8:05 PM PT – Thursday, March 18, 2021
A storm system headed through the southeast had multiple counties under tornado warnings. According to reports on Thursday, counties in northeast Florida, southeast Georgia and parts of South Carolina were under tornado warnings until 6 p.m.
A line of severe thunderstorms is expected to impact North Florida tonight and through the day tomorrow, and could bring tornadoes and strong winds. Residents in the area should pay close attention to any watches or warnings & follow @FLSERT and local @NWS offices for updates.
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) March 17, 2021
The low-pressure system was also predicted to bring thunderstorms and hail to many counties in the area. Meteorologists said cool air reduced the risk for strong tornadoes, however, damaging winds and low strength twisters were still predicted.
The same storm brought more than two dozen tornadoes to the south Thursday. Reports said 19 tornadoes touched down in Alabama. While many buildings were damaged, no fatalities were reported.
More than two dozen tornadoes — some packing winds up to 130mph — touched down across rural parts of Alabama Wednesday, leaving behind a trail of twisted metal and debris.
As a major storm system pushed East, dangerous twisters spun-off from Missouri to Mississippi. pic.twitter.com/UNfvy5CDqS
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) March 19, 2021
“We had buildings and stuff destroyed but those things can be replaced,” Chilton County, Alabama Sheriff John Shearon stated. “Lives can’t.”
Forecasters anticipated the worst of the storm will move off the southeastern coast Thursday evening.