Tornado warning issued for Saluda, Lexington counties
All of the instability parameters are coming together for a significant severe thunderstorm/tornado event across Georgia and SC today.
The watch covers Franklin, Lincoln and Moore counties in Tennessee and Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marshall and Morgan counties in Alabama.
The National Weather Service cancels the Tornado Watch for Limestone County.
"Over my 20 years, I have rarely seen the severe risk being quite this high", Tanner said.
NWS meteorologist Sid King said Wednesday's storms had the potential to pack even more damage.
A statement from forecasters in Raleigh says severe storms are expected to pass through the region during the night Wednesday.
The National Weather Service said it is a strong line of storms that could bring heavy winds, hail and possible tornadoes in our area. The University will suspend all operations and cancel classes on Wednesday from 1 a.m.to 11 p.m.
A large tornado touched down around noon in rural Stewart in rural southwest Georgia, toppling trees and power lines, National Weather Service meteorologist Keith Stellman said in a report by WSB-TV in Atlanta.
A severe thunderstorm was moving northwest into Macon County from Elmore County at 45 miles per hour.
Suspected tornadoes were reported in Georgia and SC, and damaging winds, thunderstorms and flooding pummeled the Southeast.
In a tornado warning, it's a small room, lowest floor, near the center, and away from windows.
An afternoon briefing from the National Weather Service has upgraded Tift County's risk of severe weather to "High Risk" for northern portions of the county.
Tornadoes "could be strong and have long tracks on the ground, causing extensive damage", according to the watch.
Threats of severe weather should clear the area Thursday afternoon.
Round three is expected to come in the evening with storms developing through 9 p.m.
Although timing can vary, forecasters believe the second wave should be through Houston County no later than 3 p.m.
"It could be an all-day type of event", he said.
Johnston Mayor Terrence Cullbreath said he opened a local armory as a shelter and that lights were out and many streets were blocked by fallen trees.
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