The National Weather Service issued a severe weather warning for northern and central Florida counties beginning Thursday night and possibly extending into mid-day on Friday.
According to weather reports, a band of severe weather is making its way across the Gulf of Mexico heading east.
As shown in the radar image above, the some of the weather has already reached parts of northern Florida such as Tallahassee, Jacksonville, and Gainesville bringing heavy rains, damaging winds, and several areas under tornado watch or tornado warning.
Other parts in central Florida such as Lake, Marion, Sumter, and Citrus counties are expected to experience some of the same weather just after 11 p.m. Thursday nights including damaging winds, heavy rain, severe thunder storms and possible tornadoes throughout the region.
According to the NWS, the sever weather is expected to last through the night and into Friday mid-day with most of the damaging weather happening around 4 a.m. in most areas.
Residents are advised to monitor their local weather channels and be prepared for the severe weather.
For more weather information and severe weather alerts, visit the National Weather Service website at www.weather.gov.