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Tornado watch issued for Gadsden County

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By Angye Morrison

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for northwestern Gadsden County early this morning, and severe thunderstorms and heavy rain is expected through tomorrow night. A tornado watch has also been issued until noon for Gadsden, Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gulf, Jackson, Leon, Liberty, Wakulla and Washington counties.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the storms could pack some strong and damaging winds, along with hail. Isolated tornadoes are possible across the Panhandle.

Portions of the area are expected to receive up to 2-4 inches of rain, which could lead to flooding.

A "strong" cold front, according to the NOAA bulletin, will sweep across the region tomorrow, and strong thunderstorms are expected.

A tornado watch means that conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes in and close to the watch area.