Tornadoes and apparent twisters, rain, hail around Southeast

By far the worst of the storms are expected to impact Georgia and SC today. As part of its tornado watch message, the Weather Service says scattered to numerous severe thunderstorms are expected today into tonight.

There is a good chance of very large-sized hail.

Emlaw says the tornado threat is due to an abundance of wind shears, which set the stage for unsafe storms.

Patrons leave the course at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia as inclement weather canceled the traditional Par-3 Contest kicking off The Masters golf tournament.

The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for much of Alabama until 9 p.m.

The severe weather outbreak was the second to hit the South in less than a week, but no deaths or significant injuries were reported by Wednesday evening.

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.

Dozens of school districts in Alabama and Georgia canceled classes while Alabama Governor Robert Bentley declared a state of emergency ahead of the storm front.

There's also a risk of damaging winds, large hail and possibly "isolated tornadoes", and thunderstorms are expected to continue into Thursday, the NWS forecast said.

Jake Reed, a meteorologist for CNN affiliate WHNT-TV in Huntsville, Alabama, issued a stark warning of the coming storm on Facebook, saying it was "far and away the biggest threat Alabama has seen in quite some time".

The first round of severe storms brought several severe thunderstorms warnings and tornado warnings to our area.

The Federal Aviation Administration temporarily halted flights to Atlanta's airport.

In Missouri on April 4, a fire department building and elementary school in the town of Goodman, some 300 miles (480 km) southwest of St. Louis, was extensively damaged when a tornado touched down at around 7 p.m., Mary Curry, the assistant city clerk, said by telephone. There also were multiple school closings in Alabama and many early dismissals in SC.

"It's a 2015. I just made a $550 payment this morning", Copeland said.

If you live in a mobile home, it would be a great idea tonight to see if you can spend the night with a friend or family member who lives in a more sturdy structure, especially across SC where the risk for tornadoes is higher.

Storms on Sunday and Monday killed five people, including a MS woman who desperately tried to direct rescuers to her sinking vehicle after it skidded into a rain-swollen creek. Enhanced areas typically see a few tornadoes, several reports of wind damage and hail with diameters between 1 and 2 inches.

  • Salvatore Jensen