Adam Pratt

Tropical Storm Elsa leaves behind one death and damage to homes and businesses in Jacksonville after passing through Northeast Florida Wednesday. The storm also spawned confirmed and suspected tornadoes.


Last update: 10:15 a.m. Thursday

As Tropical Storm Elsa made its way north Wednesday evening, it left behind death, injuries and destruction in Jacksonville and Southeast Georgia.

If you live in the Hampton Glen subdivision on Jacksonville’s Southside and you thought the thunderstorm that tore through Jacksonville on Christmas Eve seemed especially intense, you were right.

Florida Public Radio Emergency Network

A strong spring storm will send a cold front quickly through all of Florida by midday Thursday.

The system was approaching the western side of the panhandle Wednesday afternoon, and a “Particularly Dangerous Situation” Tornado Watch was issued by the National Weather Service for Panama City and points north until 8 p.m.

"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.

NWS Confirms Tornado Touched Down In Jacksonville

Jun 7, 2016

The National Weather Service confirmed Tuesday at least one tornado touched down on the Westside of Jacksonville Monday afternoon.

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.

damage risk

For the third time in about a week, there is a risk of tornadoes in parts of Florida. The active, El Niño-enhanced weather pattern continues Saturday night as yet another strong storm system moves in from the Gulf of Mexico.

Austin Luffman via News4Jax

Financial help is available for Jacksonville residents and business owners affected by last month’s San Marco-area tornado. The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest loans to help with cleanup.

The tornado traveled nearly three miles after forming near the east bank of the St. Johns River on the evening of April 25.

Weather Service Confirms Tornado Hit San Marco Saturday

Apr 26, 2015
Austin Luffman via News4Jax

The National Weather Service has confirmed it was an EF-1 tornado with winds of 104 mph that left a path of destruction across San Marco and the Southside over the weekend.

The tornado developed along the eastern shore of the St. Johns River and moved east-southeast for 3.45 miles, weather officials said. Numerous trees and power lines were knocked down. There was substantial roof damage to several businesses near Philips Highway.

Nathan Bedford Forrest High School, Palm Coast, and guns are in the headlines today.

Jeff Huffman

Some residents of Flagler County are picking up pieces of their homes today, after Saturday's soggy weather turned violent.  An EF1 tornado hit Palm Coast Saturday around 7:00pm with winds up to 105 mph.  Seven homes were completely destroyed, and officials said 164 were damaged by the storm.

Jacksonville Public Education Fund, tornadoes, and Obamacare are in the headlines today.


The National Weather Service in Jacksonville has issued a Tornado Warning for northern St. Johns County and southeastern Duval County until 12:45 p.m. 

A Flash Flood Warning has also been issued until 2:15 p.m. for both counties.

At 12:09 p.m. National Weather Service Meteorologists were tracking a waterspout near south Ponte Vedra Beach moving west at 20 mph.

This waterspout has the potential to contact local land areas at any time. For that reason a tornado warning has been issued for the local area.

(We're following the news from Oklahoma, where a tornado devastated the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore on Monday. Most recent update: 8:40 p.m. ET.)

There are many organizations coordinating relief for the victims of the multiple tornadoes reported in Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma City Red Cross will open shelters as first responders assess damage. The organization says in the immediate aftermath, the best way to help is to donate at or text REDCROSS to 90999.