(CHANNEL 1 ATLANTA) ATLANTA GA
[UPDATED: SATURDAY MAY 26TH 2012 @ 12:33 PM ET]
Although the Storm Prediction Center has NOT placed us up under a “Slight Risk” area for Sunday, i think there will be a slight risk for “TORNADOES” late Sunday across Southeast Georgia. And possibly into Monday across the rest of Central & Southern Georgia mainly south of a Columbus to Warner Robbins to Augusta line. Flooding is also a concern.
Tropical Storm Beryl is headed toward the Georgia-Florida state line this afternoon and should move onto land sometime around midnight Sunday night to 2 am edt Monday morning. This is a Sub-Tropical Storm at this time, meaning areas of showers and thunderstorms, some severe, will be moving around the system well out ahead of the center. Tropical Storms and Hurricanes usally have storms more toward the center, (the “eye”). The “Eye” of a Hurricane itself is quite calm.
As Sub-Tropical, Tropical Storms & Hurricanes move onto land, despite the storm itself, causes “friction” between land and seas. This “friction” can cause isolated Tornadoes. It’s hard to predict how many tornadoes with a system such as this but at this time i’m NOT expecting a widespread Tornado Outbreak. BUT! One or more tornadoes are possible with this system. The best chance of any Tornado would be along the coast, but as the low moves across southern GA and Northern FL over the next 48 to 72 hours, that risk would shift from Central GA to northen FL.
The OTHER THREAT will be FLOODING. The National Weather Service and The National Hurricane Center both say that 3-6 inches of rain is possible with this storm across mainly Southeast GA and Northeastern FL over the next 48 hours.
What about Atlanta? I don’t think we will get much from this but that could change so stay with us. I do think some showers and some thunderstorms will work into and across the southern section of the metro Atlanta area late Sunday into Monday from this system. This storm will be over South GA for a few days until it moves back out into the Atlantic by late Tuesday into Wednesday and by Thursday will be off the North Carolina coast as a Tropical Storm AGAIN! But it will be moving away from the Southeast at that time.
WINDS will gust from 25 to 55 mph across Southeast GA Sunday and Monday. These winds could knock down some trees and power lines.
Stay with us as always for continuing coverage. We plan to GO LIVE with continuing coverage of Tropical Storm Beryl at or around 10pm edt Sunday night or as conditions warrant.