Tornados and apparent twisters, rain, hail around Southeast

Tornados and apparent twisters, rain, hail around Southeast

City Police Chief Winston Tye reminds the public to understand the difference between a severe weather watch and warning. National Weather Service meteorologist Keith Stellman said the tornado touched down about noon and traveled some distance on the ground.

The NWS's Storm Prediction Center said organized severe storms are expected in parts of the Mid-Atlantic states, mainly during the hours of Thursday morning and early afternoon.

The National Weather Service says scattered showers and thunderstorms will develop later this morning across southeast Georgia, and by midday across southeast SC. All types of severe weather are possible in the risk area including large hail and damaging straight-line winds.

Strong and severe thunderstorms will fire up across the southeastern U.S. and into the Ohio River Valley Wednesday afternoon, and this activity moves towards our area very late Wednesday and Thursday morning.

Wednesday's weather forecast for metro Atlanta calls for an 80 percent chance of rain, with wind gusts as high as 25 m.p.h.

A potent storm system will move east from the Mississippi Valley during the day Wednesday. Strong-severe storms likely develop across western Kentucky before heading eastward into Eastern Kentucky.

Another round of severe weather is ramping up in the South. "Heavy rain could cause flash flooding of low lying areas", the NWS said in a statement.

In Alabama, Gov. Robert Bentley has declared a State of Emergency that will last until severe weather expected to hit the state Wednesday subsides. Tornado watches, and even some warnings, have already been implemented across Alabama.

Tornadoes, damaging straight line winds and large hail will be possible with some storms, forecasters stated this morning.

"People are advised to maintain a high level of situational awareness, especially through Thursday morning".