Strong thunderstorms forecast to bring tornado risk in South

Henrietta Brewer
April 5, 2017

Tornadoes, damaging straight line winds and large hail will be possible with some storms, forecasters stated this morning.

Flights to Atlanta's airport have been temporarily halted at Atlanta's airport because of severe storms.

The forecast for thunderstorms begins Wednesday morning as late as 11 a.m. into Wednesday night.

The outlook is for hazardous weather Wednesday for Richland and Lexington counties, according to the National Weather Service. He said in a news release that 50 National Guard soldiers will be deployed in the state.

The National Weather Service predicted widespread thunderstorms across much of Alabama and Georgia and into Florida and south-western SC.

A more significant severe weather threat exists across all of southeast Georgia and southern SC between 1 and 9 thunderstorms develop ahead of a cold front.

The highest risk area covers parts of Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky.

The National Weather Service is calling for thunderstorms, high winds, hail and possible tornadoes Wednesday.

Storms are expected to develop along and south of a warm front across southeast Georgia and southern SC.

In Georgia, meteorologist Laura Belanger says about 75 percent of the state could experience severe weather around sunrise and see it ramp up after 2 p.m. He said tornadoes are likely and there is a strong chance of baseball-size hail, and hail as large as tennis balls was reported in the first wave of storms.

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