Severe Weather Moving toward Georgia

5:18 PM, Dec 21, 2013   |    comments
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Tornado watches stretch from Texas northeastward into western Tennessee.  A line of thunderstorms is moving toward the east.  This line is producing severe weather this afternoon for our neighboring states to the west of us.

The Storm Prediction Center continues with a "moderate" risk for Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and northwest Alabama.  The "slight" risk extends into northwest Georgia for overnight into early Sunday morning.  You can see the hatched areas on the tornado probabilistic map showing the area inside the black lines as the areas most likely to see tornadoes develop.  The wind probabilistic map shows those areas more likely to see some damaging wind.

So far, the worst of this system looks like it will be to the west of us.  The line will move east overnight tonight into tomorrow morning. It will weaken as it moves in.  We don't think the storms will be as strong over us as they are to the west.  However, as the storms weaken, some of them could be strong enough to producing some damaging winds and maybe even an isolated tornado.

The timing of this system brings the line into NW Georgia between 4am and 6am Sunday morning.  It moves into the metro area between 9am and 12pm.  The rain will stick with us through the afternoon.  We could pick up between 1 and 3 inches before it all moves out later on Monday.  There is also a Flood Watch in effect through Monday morning.  If you live near a river, creek or stream, or if you are in a flood prone area, watch for rising water.  

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