St. Johns County Under Tornado Watch

St. Johns County Under Tornado Watch

7 a.m. – The National Weather Service – Jacksonville has issued a tornado watch for all of St. Johns County in anticipation of the impacts of Hurricane Idalia. St. Johns County Emergency Management (SJCEM) is monitoring the storm and will provide updates as they are made available.

Deputy Emergency Management Director Kelly Wilson said, “As Hurricane Idalia makes landfall as a Category 4, the St. Johns EOC continues to encourage our community to remain aware and ready. This will be a significant wind event for St. Johns County.”

Tornado Watch

This is issued when conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes in and close to the watch area. Their size can vary depending on the weather situation. They are usually issued for a duration of 4 to 8 hours. They normally are issued well in advance of the actual occurrence of severe weather. During the watch, people should review tornado safety rules and be prepared to move to a place of safety if threatening weather approaches.

SJCEM encourages the public to stay informed through these options:

• Sign up for the Alert St. Johns emergency notification system at

• Register for Nixle Alerts by texting StJohnsEOC to 888777

• Call the St. Johns County Emergency Management Citizen Information Line at 904-824-5550 with any storm-related questions