Severe storms today and snow showers tomorrow
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 09, 2017,
Apr 09, 2017, 8:41
A system of storms will affect Alabama, Georgia and SC before moving into the OH and Tennessee valleys, according to the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center.
The National Weather Service says a tornado in southwest Missouri on Tuesday evening had wind speeds up to 120 miles per hour (190 kph) and caused damage to a fire station, elementary school and several other buildings.
The storm front also brought baseball- and golf ball-size hail that shattered windows and dented vehicles throughout Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina and Tennessee, according to social media.
The severe weather also moved into the OH and Tennessee valleys, according to the National Weather Service.
He's also calling on his local trained weather spotters to help fill the gaps.
Practice your Plan: Put your family's severe weather drill in action regularly so everyone knows what to do if a damaging wind or large hail is coming.
The storms, being chased by a cold front, were expected to leave almost 60 million people at risk from tornadoes, damaging winds, thunderstorms and flooding, according to a CNN forecast.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport reported arrival and departure delays for airborne aircrafts most of the day.
Update 10:41 a.m.: The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Macon County and southern Tallapoosa County until 11:45 a.m.
In Alabama, the storm hit an area dotted with vacation and full-time homes around Lake Eufaula, damaging some homes and knocking down power lines and trees, said John Taylor with the Henry County Emergency Management Agency.
The heavy downpours also led to flooding in some areas.
Parts of the metro area saw several inches of rain throughout the day.
In Georgia, National Weather Service meteorologist Laura Belanger said about 75 percent of the state could experience severe weather, with chances worsening in the afternoon. This is the warm front bringing in the more unstable air, the weather team says.
Alabama's governor declared a state of emergency because of the threat, resulting in multiple school closings, and many schools in SC dismissed classes early. All school activities scheduled to take place Wednesday are canceled.
"For your protection move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a building", the National Weather Service warned in an advisory.
Multiple Alabama schools announced they will be closed Wednesday.