UPDATE: Severe thunderstorm warning in effect until 9 p.m. ET


A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Gulf County,, Franklin County, Libertry County, southeastern Bay County, and eastern Calhoun County .

At 7:38 p.m. ET, severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from seven miles east of Chattahoochee to near Mexico Beach, moving east at 30 mph, with 60 mph wind gusts.

Expect damage to roofs, siding and trees.

Areas impacted include Blountstown, Port St. Joe, Mexico Beach, Tyndall Air Force Base, Wedwahitchka, and Honeyville.

The National Weather Service’s tornado watch remains in effect until 9 p.m. ET Sunday evening, 

The watch includes three counties in southeast Alabama, and 13 counties in  Florida’s Big Bend, including Franklin, Gulf, Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Waklulla, Bay, Calhoun, Holmes, Jackson, Walton, and Washington.

Florida cities included are Apalachicola, Carrabelle, Port St. Joe, Wewahitchka, Blountstown, Bonifay, Callaway, Chipley, DeFuniak Springs, Graceville, the Holmes County Airport, Honeyville, Howard Creek, Malone, Marianna, Monticello, Panama City, Quincy, Sneads, Sopchoppy, St. Marks, Tallahassee, and Wakulla Springs.

In Georgia the watch includes 24 counties.

Meet the Editor

David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

Wendy Weitzel The Star Digital Editor

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