Stay weather aware...Severe storms possible Wednesday

The weather service issued tornado warnings - which indicate tornadoes are imminent - for towns in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee and SC.

As storms clear, Glenn Burns says wind will pick up Thursday morning.

"Isolated higher amounts are likely".

Severe thunderstorms, damaging hail and winds, and even tornadoes are possible across the southeast. The Storm Prediction Center classifies this Tornado Watch as a "particularly unsafe situation" for the elevated threat of strong and long-tracked tornadoes in and near the watch region.

The primary threats will include hail and damaging winds, though the tornado risk is rather high in southern in, so keep the phones charged, the weather radio handy and stay weather aware this afternoon/evening.

The National Weather Service, Charleston has issued a hazardous weather outlook this morning. Any severe weather watches or warnings in effect now can be found here.

The service says 21 locations in Georgia may have had tornadoes on Monday.

Hamilton County school officials announced that students will be released two hours early after the National Weather Service issued a special weather statement warning of an enhanced risk of severe weather.

A large tornado touched down around noon in rural Stewart in rural southwest Georgia, toppling trees and power lines, National Weather Service meteorologist Keith Stellman said in a report by WSB-TV in Atlanta. Chief Meteorologist Jason Myers and Elise Dolinar will have full coverage of any severe weather later this evening. The primary threats this afternoon include very large hail (baseball to softball size), high wind gusts over 60 miles per hour, and tornadoes - some may be strong, long-tracked tornadoes.

Forecasters said computer models are still suggesting storms will redevelop later this afternoon and could become super cells. There was one minor injury caused by the storm.

The greatest tornado threat is still expected to run along and east of Interstate 65 later this afternoon.

Round three is expected to come in the evening with storms developing through 9 p.m.

As of about 8:45 tornadoes were reported in the Lee County area, according to a post on the Lee County Emergency Management Agency's Facebook page.

  • Salvatore Jensen