ALACHUA COUNTY - In light of the severe weather and tornadoes which recently impacted our region, the Alachua County Division of Emergency Management advises all Alachua County residents that there is a risk of severe thunderstorms and dangerous weather conditions occurring in our area this evening.
According to the National Weather Service in Jacksonville, tonight's severe weather is expected to be a protracted weather event lasting into the early morning hours on Friday. As we progress further into the night, a strong squall line with super cell thunderstorms and isolated tornadoes is expected to move across all of north Florida. At this time, the squall line is anticipated to move through our area between 10 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. Friday.
In this potentially dangerous situation, tornadoes are a significant possibility. Persons with NOAA "All Hazard" Weather Radios should take this time to ensure their radios are in good working order, have extra batteries and are set to alarm overnight. Residents without these radios are encouraged to purchase them in advance of this weather system if possible.
Remember to bring pets, unsecured lawn furniture and other outdoor items inside in advance of severe weather and to remain indoors for the duration of the event.
Monitor your weather radio and local media outlets for additional information and weather updates.
For more information, contact Alachua County Emergency Management Director Dave Donnelly at 352-264-6500.