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Particularly Dangerous Situation Unfolding Across the Southeast

A severe thunderstorm and tornado outbreak is expected to unfold today across north Florida and south Georgia, with the significant severe threat also expected to extend southward into central Florida and northeastward into South Carolina this evening.  Storm currently over Alabama and the Florida panhandle will track rapidly northeastward, posing a risk of long-track significant tornadoes and widespread damaging winds.

The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has issued a high risk of severe weather today for a tornado outbreak over parts of Georgia and Florida. This is the first high risk in January in 18 years, and the second high risk ever issued in Florida, the last one occurring on March 1st, 2007.

Due to the heightened risk of long lived and long track tornadoes, the SPC has issued an enhanced tornado watch, also called a particularly dangerous situation (PDS) tornado watch.

This watch is in now in effect until 8pm EST.  Within this watch, several tornadoes, including a few intense ones will be likely. Widespread damaging winds and scattered significant wind gusts to 80-mph will also be likely.

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