Tornado Hits Georgia As Severe Storms Pelt Southeast

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A release from the weather service this morning said there are no current advisories, but a tornado watch/watches are expected. Patrons were evacuated because of the storm.

Multiple Alabama schools announced they will not be open Wednesday, the Associated Press reports. There are discussions right now from the SPC about other parts of the Southeast up through SC being considered for a Tornado Watch, so there will likely be more to come during the afternoon/evening hours. Have numerous ways to receive severe weather advisories, watch and warning information, and be ready to take protective action quickly once weather conditions start to deteriorate.

Flights to Atlanta's airport have been temporarily halted because of severe storms. Based on damage, the storm packed winds of more than 100 miles-per-hour.

Hail the size of tennis balls is pelting parts of Alabama ahead of what forecasters say will be waves of severe weather across the Deep South. A few of the tornadoes may be strong and long-lived across east-central portions of Georgia and SC later today.

The threat for severe storms will be from 3 pm through 8 pm, and then another threat after 2 am with a cold front moving through the southeast.

All school districts in the Columbia area are dismissing middle and high school students early, some as early as 11 a.m.

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Reeves contributed from Birmingham, Alabama.

Some schools in the Upstate are also dismissing early Wednesday due to weather concerns. Charleston County Schools cancelled after-school activities.

While Wednesday should be cloudy, but dry, there's a storm off the coast that will have major impacts to the north valley by Wednesday night. She said affected cities could include Atlanta and Augusta — the site of this week's Masters golf tournament.

In Georgia, National Weather Service meteorologist Laura Belanger said about 75 percent of the state could experience severe weather, with chances worsening in the afternoon.

But, "any time at high tide, if we get excessive rain, that could cause a problem", said Weather Service meteorologist Mike Emlaw.

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