All of Northwest Florida remains under a tornado watch as thunderstorms return to the area.

The National Weather Service issued the watch shortly before 7 a.m. and extended it until 3 p.m. at noon. It includes Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay, Gulf, Washington, Calhoun, Holmes and Jackson counties.

The weather service says a "moderate to enhanced" risk of severe thunderstorms is forecast for today. Be prepared for the possibility of large hail, winds of up to 70 mph and a few tornadoes.

The possibility of rip currents is high through tonight, and moderate tomorrow.

If caught in a rip current, the weather service says swimmers should remain calm and don't fight the current. Face the shore and call or wave for help. If tired, float or tread water until out of the rip current.