Tornado watch issued for Gwinnett, metro until 6 pm

The National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory for parts of Guilford County until 7 p.m. today in addition to the flood watch for the Triad until 3 a.m. Wednesday.

A storm system is moving through the Southeast US. At least six homes were damaged, with the damage ranging from minor to severe, the Sheriff's Office said. Police said the road has since reopened. Morton said no injuries have been reported so far.

These storms have already caused damage across the area with a tornado being blamed for destroying an elementary school gymnasium near Yadkinville, North Carolina.

He went on to say that issuance of a warning is also dependent on the location of the storm.

Reports of damage have come in from Stokes County.

"Today is not just going to be normal storms", Panovich said.

A Tornado Watch means conditions are favorable for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area.

On Thursday, more storms are expected, with some forecast to be severe with damaging straight line wind gusts and hail the size of golf balls.

According to WGHP-Channel 8, the highest chance for severe weather is between 4 and 10 p.m. It was unclear if this was separate from the one reported minutes earlier. Extreme turbulence and surface wind gusts to 60 knots.

SCE&G was reporting about 30 power outages in Saluda County, 48 in Richland County and 286 in Orangeburg County late Wednesday afternoon. The saturated ground will provide Wednesday's storms with the opportunity to create flooding issues.

"Showers and thunderstorms will increase across north and central Georgia this morning and continue through the afternoon", according to the NWS.

Drier and much more comfortable air moves into Central Florida on Friday and warm afternoon temperatures reaching the low upper 80s to lower 90s.

  • Larry Hoffman