storms

Update as of 10 AM Friday:

The National Hurricane Center briefly upped the development chances of the tropical wave in the eastern Atlantic to a "high chance" as of its Thursday afternoon outlook. The agency says there is a "medium chance" of development over the weekend or early next week based on its 8 AM ET outlook issued on Friday. Regardless of development, it is likely to stay over the open tropical ocean next week.

"schools closed" sign with bus and rain
Ware County Schools via Facebook

Updated 7:55 p.m.:

A tornado watch for all of Northeast Florida has been lifted after nearly eight hours Sunday as a squall line moves off the East Coast. Meanwhile, public schools are closed Monday in South Georgia’s Brantley and Ware Counties due to damage from Sunday’s storms.

Michelle Corum / WJCT News

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry has declared a state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Matthew’s expected approach. He is urging all residents of Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach and Jacksonville Beach, as well as all residents who live in evacuation zones A and B, to evacuate as soon as possible.

Update: The tornado warning has expired.

The national weather service in Jacksonville has issued a tornado warning for northeastern Alachua County, Bradford County and northwestern Clay County.

Florida Public Radio Emergency Network

With hurricane season less than week away, here's the latest update from the The Florida Public Radio Emergency Network:

The chances of a tornado in the Florida Panhandle Friday are growing, and—similar to last weekend’s deadly twister in Central Florida—it could hit before dawn.