Tornado watch in effect for Sarasota, Manatee


A tornado watch means weather conditions make tornadoes possible in those counties.

The record precipitation total on April 12 was 1.41 inches in 1991.

A year ago the state had 41 twisters, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Storm Prediction Center. In addition, there's a possibility of an isolated tornado, although at this time that chance appears low. Almost three-quarters of all tornadoes in Minnesota have occurred during the three months of May (15 percent), June (37 percent), and July (25 percent).

The National Weather Service, the Minnesota Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and other state, county and local agencies have come together to host Severe Weather Awareness Week activities. Be ready to act quickly if a warning is issued or you suspect a tornado is approaching.

The National Weather Service expanded the watch to include Manatee County as storms approach the coast. The threat for flash flooding is also a concern and a FLASH FLOOD WATCH is also in effect for the entire Mid-South overnight and Saturday.

"Potentially strong tornadoes", large hail, and severe winds could be headed for Columbia County with a storm cell set to move through the area Friday afternoon, according to forecasters.

Friday is starting out on a stormy note west of the Madison area, with thunderstorms and strong winds hitting Iowa and southeast Minnesota.

New rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.

On the final day of Hilton Head's RBC Heritage presented by Boeing, a line of severe storms is heading to the Lowcountry.

"For your area, the timing is a little uncertain overall", he said.