Strong storm threatens eastern Alachua County

Published: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 3:18 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 3:18 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a significant weather advisory for eastern Alachua County, calling for strong winds and possible hail.

The NWS reports that a strong thunderstorm is centered four miles northeast of Orange Heights and is moving west at 5 mph.Gusts of wind up to 55 mph will be possible, with heavy rain and three-quarter-inch hail.

The storm is expected to affect areas around Newnans Lake, the Gainesville Airport, Melrose, Orange Heights and Waldo.

The alert is in effect at least through 3:30 p.m.

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