Threat Tracker shows highest chances for a severe thunderstorm in the darker orange colors through 8pm this evening.
A Severe T-Storm Watch has been issued for Dixie, Lafayette, and Suwannee counties of North-Central Florida until 8pm. Severe thunderstorms have erupted in the daytime heating this afternoon in southern Georgia and the Florida panhandle underneath a pocket of cooler air aloft. These storms are moving south-southwestward and likely to only affect areas along and north of a Cross City-Lake City line (see map above) through 6pm. The primary threats from storms in the watch area are damaging wind and nickel to quarter-size hail.
Other strong thunderstorms are ongoing in Citrus and Marion counties, where very heavy rain and small hail is a threat through the evening commute. Elsewhere across North-Central Florida, isolated showers and thunderstorms are possible through early this evening, but they are NOT likely to be severe. The highest chances for a downpour in Alachua county will arrive between 5 and 7pm, but those chances are less than 40 percent.