Strong thunderstorms forecast to bring tornado risk in South

The local area should be clear by about 5 p.m.

Little said the current model shows storms arriving from 1-2 p.m.

Wednesday is the final day competitors can work on their games before the tournament starts Thursday.

Tornadoes, damaging straight line winds and large hail will be possible with some storms, forecasters stated this morning. Patrons were evacuated because of the storm. Some storms may be severe.

The Federal Aviation Administration temporarily issued a ground stop for flights at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport just after 9 a.m.

Heavy rain - accompanied by fog, thunder and lightning - was falling in Atlanta Wednesday morning.

Winds toppled several trees along roads and an interstate and power lines also were down, Stewart County Sheriff Office dispatcher Sandra James said by phone.

People are using social media to post photos of hail that hit the area.

The National Weather Service predicts that this long duration weather event could contain two or three waves of scattered storms.

Please do not be deceived by Wednesday's nice weather.

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The severe weather also moved into the OH and Tennessee valleys, according to the National Weather Service. The warning appears to be targeting the eastern parts of the county near Eastover.

Check on the storm system as it moves through the region at Multiple Alabama schools announced they will be closed Wednesday.

"Alabama is no stranger to the impact severe weather can have on communities and the devastation that can occur when the weather takes a turn for the worse", Bentley's statement said.

Because of the threat, most school districts in the area have made the decision to cancel class early.

The system will begin to move north during the afternoon hours, with a few rain showers or thunderstorms possible during the afternoon hours. Have a way to get weather watches and warnings.

There's also a risk of damaging winds, large hail and possibly "isolated tornadoes", and thunderstorms are expected to continue into Thursday, the NWS forecast said.

The National Weather Service in Charleston said in a summary of an afternoon briefing that the severe weather threat will expand east into the rest of southern SC - including the tri-county area - and coastal Georgia late this afternoon through mid-evening.

Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia and SC faced a heightened chance of tornadoes and potential flash flooding during the day.

A few strong tornadoes can not be ruled out, and the highest chances are focused over Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky.

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