Severe weather predicted for tonight


Neighbor David Eastwood helps salvage items from the wreckage of the home of David and Claudia Matthes near Blue Mound, Kan., Thursday, March 1, 2007. David Matthes was not injured after a tornado destroyed his home and out buildings Wednesday night.

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Published: Thursday, March 1, 2007 at 3:16 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, March 1, 2007 at 3:16 p.m.

A low pressure system covering the entire eastern United States will bring severe weather to the area beginning early this evening and could spawn tornadoes overnight.

"This is one where we want folks to pay real close attention to what's going on with the weather tonight," said meteorologist Al Sandrik with the National Weather Service in Jacksonville.

Sandrik said the tornadoes that were reported Thursday afternoon near Fort Rucker, Ala., were caused by the same low pressure system, indicating the strength of the severe weather. The squall line expected to move through the North Florida area after 10 p.m. could bring winds as strong as 60 to 70 mph along with the chance of tornadoes.

"We're not saying it's going to happen, but the potential is there," Sandrik said.

The chance of rain is 70 percent this afternoon, and some severe weather could move into the area in the early evening hours. Sandrik said Friday will be rainy as well, but the severe weather should move to the south by Friday morning.

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