Tornado hits Georgia; rain, hail, high wind around Southeast

Cheryl Sanders
April 6, 2017

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The National Weather Service said strong storms were expected from Alabama to the Carolinas.

Alabama is bracing for a barrage of potentially severe weather on Wednesday, with storms expected to bring gusty winds, large hail, torrential rains and the possibility for strong long-track tornadoes. The National Weather Service has confirmed four tornadoes touched down in the state's northwestern area during severe weather earlier this week.

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

Elsewhere, Alabama's governor declared a state of emergency because of the threat, resulting in multiple school closings, and many schools in SC dismissed classes early. She said affected cities could include Atlanta and Augusta — the site of this week's Masters golf tournament.

Strong winds and baseball-size hail were expected in parts of Alabama, where Gov. Robert Bentley declared a state of emergency ahead of the weather event.

According to CBS Atlanta affiliate WGCL, the atrium at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport resembled an emergency shelter Thursday morning after severe weather forced cancellations and delays, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded.

But will it be a repeat of last Friday afternoon, when three tornadoes did significant damage in Chesapeake and Virginia Beach? Tornadoes were reported from Georgia to IN on Wednesday. The weather service warned the second line of storms could potentially generate large hail and damaging winds.

The agency's Storm Prediction Center said several reports included word of damaged houses, flying roofs and downed trees.

With two solid weeks of severe weather already behind us, most of the country has been keeping a close eye on the weather.

All household members should have an idea of where to go in the event of severe weather.In the event you are stuck outside, find a low area such as a ditch, or crouch for protection next to a sturdy structure.

"The top of the homes started peeling off so we knew it was a really serious storm", Calvin Friedman said. One person was injured in Tennessee when a mobile home was destroyed, reported.

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