Tornado watch in effect for Sarasota, Manatee

Tornado watch in effect for Sarasota, Manatee

Tornado watch in effect for Sarasota, Manatee

Meteorologists with the National Weather Service office in Huntsville said Saturday could see a storm containing damaging winds in the 60-70-mph range.

As of 9:12 a.m. this morning, the Red Flag Warning was in effect until 8 p.m. for gusty winds and low relative humidity.

Showers and thunderstorms producing heavy rainfall could bring 3 to 5 inches of rain on Saturday, with locally higher amounts possible, the Weather Service cautions. Later, a mock tornado warning will be issued at 6:45 p.m.to give families and second-shift workers a chance to practice their emergency plans.

While tornado chances are not high, Grabryan said winds reaching 60-70 miles per hour can cause a great deal of damage.

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North Alabama should brace for high winds, flooding conditions and possible tornadoes Saturday, according to the National Weather Service in Huntsville. Another dozen outages were reported in Colleton County. Thursday, schools, businesses, and families took part in a statewide tornado drill.

In the event of a tornado warning, which indicates a tornado has been sighted or indicated on radar, Duke officials will send a text and email notification to students, faculty and staff. Moderate to heavy rain with potentially a passing thunderstorm was predicted for the Monday morning drive.

A slightly stronger tornado cut a path more than a mile long and 360 yards wide through Claiborne County just to the southeast of Port Gibson.

Forecasters said the watch would continue through late Monday night. Check back for updates.

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