ATLANTA, Ga. (CW69 News at 10 / UKTN) – A man died after a tornado hit near Douglasville on Monday morning as severe weather threatened more than 100 million people from the Southern Plains across central Atlantic. A woman was killed in Houston County by a fallen tree.
A tornado watch is in effect until 7:00 p.m. EDT for east-central Georgia, central South Carolina and south-central North Carolina. This includes Charlotte and Rockingham in North Carolina, Colombia and Greenwood in South Carolina and Augusta in Georgia.
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A few tornadoes are possible with thunderstorms, in addition to the risk of large hail up to the size of a quarter and isolated wind gusts of up to 70 mph, according to the Storm Prediction Center.
Flash flood warning, including Atlanta GA, Sandy Springs GA, Roswell GA until 6:15 p.m. EDT pic.twitter.com/rIKIvELKrc
– NWS Atlanta (@NWSAtlanta) May 3, 2021
A tornado warning was issued around 10:30 a.m. and lasted until 11:15 a.m. ET, threatening an estimated 450,000 people in its potential path, according to the Atlanta National Weather Service. No damage was reported, the NWS said. WSB reports that a tornado struck near Fulton Industrial Boulevard.
The extent of the storm damage was unclear early Monday afternoon. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms tweeted photos of downed trees in her southwest Atlanta neighborhood, while Dru Ghegan, owner of the bonded warehouse in Fulton County, said shared photos showing the building had sustained significant damage.
I just spoke with a neighbor who said he saw the funnel cloud pass. pic.twitter.com/LSNAnzGoM8
– Stockings Keisha Lance (@KeishaBottoms) May 3, 2021
The storm that triggered the warning is moving towards the eastern metropolitan area and has weakened. A severe thunderstorm warning was in effect until 12 p.m. for parts of central DeKalb and southwestern Gwinnett counties, including Lawrenceville, Lilburn and Stone Mountain.
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Overall, a tornado watch is in effect until 4 p.m. ET for parts of Georgia and Alabama, including Atlanta, Macon and Montgomery, as additional thunderstorms could produce a few tornadoes in this. surveillance zone throughout the afternoon. Hail up to 1 inch and damaging winds up to 70 mph are also possible with some of these storms.
There have already been thunderstorms this morning, and more storms will form during the second half of the day.
Storms march east on Tuesday
The threat does not end on Monday, however. The storm system over the plains will make its trip to the east coast, fueling the risk of severe weather from the Gulf Coast east of the Great Lakes on Tuesday.
This puts a state like Mississippi at risk of tornadoes again, but tornadoes could also be possible in parts of Louisiana, Alabama, and Tennessee, where there is a level 3 in 5 severe weather risk.
“Large hail, damaging wind gusts and a few tornadoes will be likely with precipitation rates exceeding one inch per hour,” the National Weather Service office in Jackson, Mississippi said.
A few showers and storms could be possible during the day, particularly in the Tennessee River Valley, but the main event will take place Tuesday evening through Tuesday evening in the Gulf Coast states.
A squall line is expected to form resulting in widespread storms. This line is expected to reach north to the Great Lakes, but storms are likely to be more dispersed.
Flash floods will be possible across the south thanks to the combination of heavy rains and all the rains that have fallen in recent days and weeks. Extensive rain of 1 to 3 inches is forecast for this area overnight Tuesday.
By Wednesday, that storm line is expected to weaken by Wednesday morning as it approaches the U.S. east coast, but isolated severe weather conditions will still be possible.
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