Severe Storms Possible for This Evening
Although a somewhat steady rain will build into the area during the day, thunderstorms are expected to develop to our west over the northern Gulf of Mexico and form into a line of storms. This line of storms should sweep east through our area, particularly from late this afternoon into the evening hours. The timing currently looks to be from around 4-6 PM near and to the west of Panama City, to around 9 PM to Midnight in the Florida Big Bend. Some severe storms will be possible, and storm intensity should generally be strongest in our Florida counties - particularly in the central Panhandle.
Some summary points:
We have fairly high confidence in there being a line of storms, mainly over the southern half of our area. Storm intensity should increase as you go south.
Severe storms will be possible. Damaging winds and isolated tornadoes are the main threats.
Small details will make a difference in impacts. We are currently forecasting isolated to scattered impacts from wind damage. However, slight changes could result in more widespread wind damage impacts so be aware of that possibility.
Gusty winds will be possible in the few hours immediately prior to storms. To the south of Interstate 10 in particular, some of these gusts could be strong enough to blow down a few trees and cause some sporadic power outages before the storms hit.