Severe Weather

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Forecasters continue to track a line of severe weather moving across Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas, part of which is taking dead aim at the Florida Panhandle and south Alabama.

The tracking has been going on for the better part of a week by the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network, where Jeff Huffman is chief meteorologist.

Residents in the Florida Panhandle and South Alabama are being advised to stay alert this weekend, as a powerful, organized storm front approaches from the west.

This will be a powerful front, according to Meteorologist Jeff Huffman at the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network, and will catch a lot of attention on Friday with the severe weather developing – especially Friday night across Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas.

The squall line will be capable of producing widespread swaths of wind damage, along with rainfall amounts of 1-3 in.

Storms that hit California on Tuesday are moving to the east, bringing severe weather to a number of states and the chance for such in the Florida Panhandle and south Alabama.

A disturbance riding the jet-stream swung into the Plains states at the start of this week. After moving through Texas and Oklahoma Wednesday night, the front is expanding to the South from Arkansas and Mississippi, before reaching the Gulf Coast.

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Forecasters say strong storms are on tap across the South through Friday. Dangerous rip currents are also in the mix.

Instead of going out like a lamb, March will ride out on potentially severe weather with tornadoes and heavy rain possible in the Florida Panhandle and south Alabama.

“We have a very large upper trough approaching from the west,” said Eric Esbensen, a forecaster at the National Weather Service in Mobile. “For the remainder of the week, rain chances will increase significantly, starting on Thursday.”

In this week’s economic report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the effect two recent devastating tornadoes in Escambia County could have on the local economy and rental housing market.

A tornado cut a swath of damage through the town of Century last week. Then on Tuesday night, another tornado plowed through Pensacola. That later storm destroyed a number of dwellings, including three buildings containing 24 units at the Moorings Apartment complex on Old Spanish Trail.

Sandra Averhart

One week after a tornado plowed through the town of Century, severe storms Tuesday night brought another devastating tornado to Escambia County. This time a number of Pensacola area residents are glad to be alive as they begin the recovery process.

The twister ripped a path about two miles long, from Northpointe Blvd over to the Grand Baroque town homes along Escambia Bay on Scenic Highway. Here the sounds of generators are humming throughout the neighborhood, as residents begin to pick up the pieces.

Sandra Averhart

Governor Rick Scott met with local officials and the media on Wednesday, to discuss the aftermath of the twister that devastated some neighborhoods in Pensacola the previous night.

The Governor has issued an Executive Order declaring a state of emergency for Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties as a result of the tornado, which damaged more than 100 homes, in addition to the 24 apartments at the Moorings on Old Spanish Trail which were destroyed.

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Just over a week after a tornado and high winds inflicted damage on the Florida Panhandle and south Alabama, a repeat performance is on tap.

Damage assessment and cleanup continue in and around Century from last week’s twister, but those efforts may have to be put on hold beginning Tuesday afternoon. Jack Cullen at the National Weather Service in Mobile points to another strong, upper-level storm system.

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Forecasters say 30 tornadoes were reported overnight in seven states, resulting in at least 17 deaths in Arkansas and Oklahoma. Northwest Florida and south Alabama will catch the southernmost end of that weather system.

The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma says the weather system will continue moving eastward over the next few days, bringing powerful storms and the potential for tornadoes to parts of the Midwest and Southeast.

Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and Louisiana are facing the greatest risk today, but a number of storms are also likely for this area.