Florida weather forecast: High winds, possible tornadoes with cold … – Pensacola News Journal

A high wind warning, and with it a threat of tornadoes, has been issued for several Panhandle communities. The warning comes just two days after the National Weather Service confirmed three tornadoes touched down Sunday during another round of severe weather.
Winds are expected to increase tonight and tomorrow as a cold front behind a line of thunderstorms approaches the area, bringing with it dangerous winds, according to the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network.
The Storm Prediction Center has the western Panhandle under an “enhanced” risk for severe weather overnight Tuesday into early Wednesday. The designation means severe storms will be capable of producing a few stronger tornadoes and damaging winds. 
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The National Weather Service Tallahassee reported an EF-2 tornado touched down in Walton County about 5:14 a.m. CT Sunday and an EF-1 tornado touched down in Wakulla County. A third tornado, another EF-2, touched down in Cook County, Georgia.
The Walton County tornado had a peak wind of 115 miles and touched down in the Driftwood Estates subdivision ofSouth Walton County. The tornado caused mainly roof damage as it crossed the subdivision.
The Wakulla County tornado had an estimated peak wind of 95 mph. It touched down just east of Ashley Hall Road south of Bob Miller Road at approximately 12:45 p.m. ET. The tornado caused considerable damage to trees in the area, snapping and uprooting pine and oak trees. Falling trees caused damage to several manufactured homes and vehicles.
The Georgia tornado had an estimated peak wind of 115 mph. It touched down about 5:20 p.m. ET just west of Interstate-75 before crossing through portions of Adel. Winds shifted half of a home and metal building off their foundations and tossed steel beams into a residential area.
A high wind warning has been issued for Escambia, Okaloosa and Santa Rosa counties in Florida from 6 p.m. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday. The warning also covers portions of southwest Alabama and southeast Mississippi.
Thirty- to 40-mph winds out of the south are expected, with gusts up to 55 mph. Some areas could see gusts as high as 70 mph. Tornadoes are possible, with a couple being EF-2 or stronger, the National Weather Service Mobile said.
Damaging winds could blow down trees and power lines. Widespread power outages are expected. Travel will bedifficult, especially for high profile vehicles, according to the National Weather Service.
The National Weather Service Mobile said storms are expected late Tuesday evening and into early Wednesday morning. Residents in areas west of Interstate 65 could feel impacts before midnight, while residents east of I-65 will see the storms arrive after midnight.
By daybreak Wednesday, forecasts suggest a broken line of strong and severe storms will be possible from Panama City to Tallahassee. The line will gradually push south and east through the afternoon, arriving in Jacksonville and Tampa by late afternoon and evening.
By Wednesday afternoon, the severe weather risk will shift toward the Big Bend and North Florida as a “marginal” risk. While this risk is less than what the western Panhandle will experience Tuesday night, there remains a risk of strong winds and an isolated tornado, according to the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network.
More watches and warnings are expected today and into Wednesday.
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Temperatures are forecast to drop through the end of the week. Highs Thursday and Friday fall into the 50s across the Panhandle, with low temperatures falling into the 30s Wednesday night through Friday night.
Frost and freeze alerts are possible this week, but temperatures are expected to climb by the end of the weekend.

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