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A severe weather outbreak occurred in the Deep South on Easter Sunday (4/19) when a potent 500 mb shortwave trough swung across the southern Plains, lower Mississippi Valley, and into the southeastern US. During the first portion of the outbreak, there were 26 tornadoes produced (preliminary total) across Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, and Georgia. There were also 38 hail reports and 156 wind reports that day across the Deep South.

The potent shortwave continued to swing across the southeastern states Monday morning (4/20), lifting northeastward off the mid-Atlantic coastline that evening. In the second half of this event, there were 3 tornadoes produced in north-central Florida, including an EF-0 tornado south of Ocala, FL. There were also 5 wind reports in the Jacksonville area.

SPC Summary of reports from the tornado outbreak across the southeast April 19-20, 2020. The NWS Jacksonville forecast area was highlighted in a slight risk in the day 4 outlook issued on 4/16 and an enhanced risk from the day 3 outlook issued on 4/17 through the day 1 outlook on 4/19. 


MRMS Radar Loop from 5-11 AM EDT the morning of April 20, 2020. The S Ocala tornado lasted from 9:40-9:55 AM EDT.
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