Large tornado touches down in Georgia as storms batter Deep South

Large tornado touches down in Georgia as storms batter Deep South

Large tornado touches down in Georgia as storms batter Deep South

A child was injured when a tree fell on a house near Florence, South Carolina, reported.

However, the tornado threat will rise in the next few hours and peak in the afternoon. The weather service warned the second line of storms could potentially generate large hail and damaging winds.

A third wave of storms was expected to hit the area later in the evening. Unstable air is in place over much of the area with instability values off the charts. A few strong, violent, long-track tornadoes can not be ruled out, especially in the moderate and high risk areas.

Try to avoid driving during a severe storm. Another storage building was also damaged.

A tornado emergency was issued for Webster and Sumter Counties in Georgia.

"The moisture, shear, lift and atmospheric instability are the four things that tornadoes need to develop and we will have an abundance of all four", the Lee County EMA said in the post.

And as storms bore down on Augusta National, the venerable east Georgia club shut down for the second time this week as golfers tried to get in some practice before the start of the Masters tournament later this week. Buchanan said there were no reports of injuries at either scene.

Schools have dismissed early across South Carolina's central region under the threat of severe weather.

Some tornadoes are likely with a couple of intense tornadoes also possible.

The University of SC in Columbia, the state capital, closed early Wednesday afternoon as intense rain flooded major intersections, many of which were blocked with barricades.

Jake Reed, a meteorologist for CNN affiliate WHNT-TV in Huntsville, Alabama, issued a stark warning of the coming storm on Facebook, saying it was "far and away the biggest threat Alabama has seen in quite some time".

The 5.7 million people who live in the Atlanta metro area should expect as much as 2-1/2 inches (6 cm) of rain throughout the day and into the evening, the service said.

You can also go to for more information. A possibility of tornadoes remained part of the Wednesday afternoon forecast discussion from the Peachtree City office of the National Weather Service.

One school district, the Currituck County Schools, already plans to be closed Thursday because of the severe weather. High temperatures in the low 40s will climb to 47 degrees on Saturday, 61 degrees on Sunday and a toasty 70 degrees on Monday and Tuesday.

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