Strong to severe storms are forecasted for Southwest Georgia and the Florida panhandle through Tuesday.Starting Monday evening, damaging straight line wind gusts, strong enough to pull down trees and power lines, isolated tornadoes, and localized flooding are possible.A squall line of thunderstorms is expected to develop west of the area Monday and move into Southeast Alabama and western portions of the Florida Panhandle before midnight. The best chance for severe weather will be in these areas.The storms will move east to the Florida Big Bend and Southwest Georgia by sunrise and impact these areas during the morning hours.While the line is expected to be weakening by this time, there will still be an isolated severe threat in these areas.Thunderstorms will move entirely east of the area during the afternoon.The thunderstorms are expected to move steadily eastward which will limit the overall flooding threat.Rainfall totals will generally range from half an inch to 1.5 inches. However, localized totals in excess of two inches are still possible.
FOX 31 caught up with Kelly Godsey, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Tallahassee. Godsey says that the most important thing to do to prepare for severe weather is to know the difference between a watch and a warning.
When a watch is issued, conditions are becoming favorable and people should start paying attention to the weather around them.
If a warning it issued, it is time to take action and get to safety.
Having a plan in place, a preparedness kit made and a weather radio handy can make the world of difference. Godsey adds, "signals that come out of our office in Tallahassee and set off a specialized alarm when a watch or warning is issued that can wake you up in the middle of the night, allow you plenty of time to get to safety and potentially save your life and the life of your family when severe weather threats."