Tornado watch for Tift County, south/southwest Georgia

The weather service confirmed a tornado had been spotted at 2:43 p.m. over Saluda, 16 miles northwest of Batesburg, moving northeast at 50 mph.

Along with the damaging wind, hail and tornado threat right along the warm front, heavy rain is likely everywhere.

Storms were expected to bring the threat of flash flooding.

Primary threats include damaging wind gusts to 70 miles per hour, isolated hail up to 1.5 inches in diameter, and a few tornadoes are likely.

A tornado watch was issued for Lake, Volusia, Marion, Flagler and Sumter counties Wednesday morning, the National Weather Service said.

Due to the severe weather, Duval and many other surrounding counties are also under a tornado watch until 6 p.m.

All of Central Florida will have a risk of isolated tornadoes through Wednesday, certified meteorologist Brian Shields said. A few warnings have also been issued this morning in the Tennessee Valley.

WEDNESDAY: Cloudy and mainly dry to start, but afternoon storms could turn strong to severe if they're able to form over our area.

After consecutive days of rainfall this week from a stalled frontal boundary, conditions are expected to improve Thursday with scattered showers and highs in the upper 70s, Quagliariello said.

Three tornadoes were reported in North Carolina, one of which destroyed a volunteer fire department building in Autryville, another overturning a mobile home near Salemburg.

  • Larry Hoffman