Severe thunderstorms have been moving through the Southeast today, producing damage in the region. Tornado Emergencies were issued earlier in Southern Georgia. Already 8 tornadoes have been confirmed with some on the ground as of this writing. Hail up to baseball size has been reported, along with wind damage. A State of Emergency was declared in Alabama earlier today, closing schools and government offices.
As of 6 p.m. EDT, Tornado Watches extend from the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean northward into the Ohio Valley. Significant tornadoes are possible, some EF3 or larger, along with extended tracks on the ground. Numerous Tornado Warnings have been issued so far today, with more likely tonight.
Heavy rain from storms earlier today produced flooding around Atlanta. With additional storms tonight, a Flash Flood Watch has been issued. Rainfall totals may exceed 3″ in the heaviest storms.
A high risk for severe storms includes Southeast Georgia and Southern South Carolina. Tornadoes are most likely in this area. Storms may develop golf ball sized hail and larger from the Ohio Valley into the Southeast. Wind gusts above 70 mph may occur, especially for areas around Central Kentucky, including Louisville and Cincinnati.
Thunderstorms will remain severe tonight as the low pressure center and cold front races eastward. Be prepared for tornadoes, large hail, and strong wind gusts especially if you live in the areas of the moderate or high risk.
Stay tuned to WeatherNation on-air and online at weathernationtv.com throughout the day for updates on the potential severe weather outbreak. We will have live reports with the latest radar and warnings, along with storm chasers in the field.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels