The Weather Service would rather be safe than sorry so a warning was issued. You have to realize that since the airport is located about about 90 minutes away from where this possible funnel cloud was reported the beam gathering data on this possible tornado is shooting into the top part of the cumulonimbus cloud and out into space. So the public is its eyes and ears at this point. A big clue on what really is going on is the latest radar view is not showing the storm bowing out like it was earlier when it produced some 60 mph wind gusts in the Mandarin and St. Johns areas. Tornado warnings are in effect for two of our counties but right now as of 3:54 p.m. the worst part of the storm is in the Palm Coast and Flagler Beach areas. If you are in these areas seek shelter or get to your safe spot immediately. You could still see an isolated wind gust near 60 mph.
The good news is there have been no confirmations of tornadoes and based on the latest radial velocity data the storms moving south are only showing slight rotation if any at this time. Most of the damage we have seen with this storm has already taken place between Mandarin and St. Augustine with some 60 mph wind gusts reported. So if you are in Flagler County this is the area to take cover in betwen now and 4:30 p.m. If you are in Clay and Putnam Counties there is another strong storm moving through with the main threat being penny size hail and an isolated wind gust near 45 mph. Another complex of storms could set off a thunderstorm warning or two for areas of Columbia, Baker, Union, and Alachua Counties over the next hour. Main threats will be isolated wind gusts near 60 mph and small hail. Here are your updated storm reports.
PUBLIC ESTIMATED THUNDERSTORM WIND GUST NEAR 60 MPH. WIND ALMOST TOPPLED PECAN TREE. PEA SIZE HAIL ALSO REPORTED. MANDARIN
THUNDERSTORM WINDS TOPPLED A LARGE TREE NEAR THE 4000 BLOCK OF LORETTO ROAD. MANDARIN
A PINE TREE LANDED ON AN OCCUPIED CAR ON LORETTO ROAD AND PINE ACRES ROAD. THE DRIVER WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL WITH MINOR INJURIES. MANDARIN
60 MPH WIND GUSTS OBSERVED BY METEOROLOGIST IN DURBIN CROSSING
WIND REPORT FROM SPOTTER OF 50 MPH GUSTS TO 67 MPH. PALM COAST