Severe weather sweeps through Southwest Georgia
UPDATE (3:40 PM):
The National Weather Service has issued numerous storm reports from across Southwest Georgia.
Lowndes County 911 reports that trees and power lines are down in the City of Valdosta and in the Twin Lakes Area.
Lanier County 911 reports trees down on Teeterville Road five miles north-northeast of Ray City.
Brooks County EMA Director Mike Smith confirms with FOX 31 that trees and power lines were down along Highway 84 at Patrick Road 4 miles east of Quitman and along Highway 122 one mile northwest of Newark. Smith says that crews are busy cleaning up debris.
Baker County 911 reports that a tree was down on Coone Pond Road three miles west of Newton.
In Miller County, 911 reports that there was a tree down on Babcock Road.
An emergency manager reports a large tree down and power lines were down with blown transformers due to strong winds five miles south of Moody Air Force Base.
Low pressure will move east dragging a cold front into Southwest Georgia Sunday.
Strong winds aloft will allow for the possible development of a few strong storms.
As of one o'clock an intense squall line from the Floriday panhandle into SW GA is moving quickly eastward. Some model guidance suggests the line holds together with strong wind potential over the next 2-3 hrs as it moves into the western counties of our area of responsibility. Once there this line of storms is expected to weaken steadily.
A Tornado Watch has been issued until 6 PM for Brooks, Berrien, Cook, Lowndes, Tift, Lanier, Worth, Colquitt, Thomas, Baker, Dougherty, Mitchell, Calhoun, Grady, Seminole, Decatur and Miller Counties in Southwest Georgia. Gadsen, Leon, and Jefferson Counties, in Florida, are also included.
Isolated strong to severe thunderstorms are possible with heavy rain and gusty winds being the main threat. A brief tornado cannot be ruled out.
Between 1-3 inches of rain is expected to fall through Monday morning. Localized flooding is possible.
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