Media Release

Severe Weather Alert

Tuesday, February 12, 2008 12:00 AM


ALACHUA COUNTY, FL - Alachua County residents should monitor developing weather conditions this evening through tomorrow morning. A tornado watch is in effect until 11:00 p.m. EST tonight.

Two distinct periods of severe weather are possible.  The first will be this evening associated with a warm front.  Abundant moisture, low-level wind shear and heating ahead of this front may provide the necessary ingredients for severe storms and isolated tornadoes. The second will be associated with the cold front late tonight into early Wednesday with a potential for damaging winds and isolated tornadoes.

As this will be a nocturnal severe weather event and many people maybe asleep during the peak time of the severe weather. Interests in North Florida should monitor the emergency alert system overnight.  Check NOAA weather radio receivers to ensure they are both operational and that they have fresh batteries.

If you are not using a weather radio persons in and near the watch area should monitor local TV, radio or cable television providers for possible Emergency Alert System activation for additional watches or warnings concerning this potentially dangerous severe weather event.

For more information contact David A. Donnelly, FPEM, CPM Emergency Management Chief  Alachua County Fire Rescue at 352.264.6500



  • Mark Sexton
  • Communications & Legislative Affairs Director
  • Phone: 352-374-5204
  • Cell: 352-283-2317

If you have a disability and need an accommodation in order to participate in a County program, service or public meeting, please contact the Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office at 352-374-5275 at least 2 business days prior to the event. TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service).