The National Weather Servcie has extended a tornado watch to include Franklin, Gadsden and Liberty counties, and seven other counties in southwest Georgia, until midnight this evening.

This includes the cities of Apalachicola and Carrabelle. 

A watch is issued when conditions are favorable either for a severe thunderstorm or tornadoes, but does not mean severe weather is imminent. Watches are issued by the Storm Prediction Center for counties where tornadoes may occur. The watch area is typically large, covering numerous counties or even states.

In addition, there is a high risk of rip currents in the waters off the coast through midnight this evening. Moderate southeasterly winds are expected today with 2 to 4 feet surf. Winds will be 15 to 20 mph at local beaches.

Rip currents are powerful channels of water flowing quickly away from shore, which occur most often at low spots or breaks in the sandbar and in the vicinity of structures such as groins, jetties
and piers. Heed the advice of beach patrol flags and signs.

If you become caught in a rip current, yell for help. Remain calm, do not exhaust yourself and stay afloat while waiting for help. If you have to swim out of a rip current, swim parallel to
shore and back toward the beach when possible. Do not attempt to swim directly against a rip current as you will tire quickly.