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(CHANNEL 1 ATLANTA) ATLANTA GA
[UPDATED: THURSDAY MAY 31ST 2012 @ 2:35 AM ET]
There is a “Slight Risk” for Severe Thunderstorms, mainly late tonight and Friday across much of Georgia and the Southeast. The main threats will be damaging winds and large hail. There is also a chance of an Isolated Tornado, mainly across the northern half of Georgia, including the Metro Atlanta area late tonight into Friday. The chance of a Tornado in Northern GA is 30%, but increases the further north and west you go from Atlanta. This is not to say that a Tornado can not be ruled out Friday in areas east and south of Atlanta. Most of us will not see a Tornado, but the threat will be there so stay tuned.
Most of us however may see the threat for damaging winds up to 60-70 mph with this system. This can knock down trees and power lines. The next greatest threat would be large damaging hail up to golf ball size.
The greatest risk for a Tornado across the US Thursday, will be in northern TN and KY. The area has a 50% chance of seeing a tornado within 50 miles of a giving area.
[IMPACTS] ATLANTA & NORTH GA
TORNADO : 30% : LOW
DAMAGING WINDS : 70% : HIGH
LIGHTINING : 80% : VERY HIGH
LARGE HAIL : 60% : HIGH
FLOODING : 20% : VERY LOW
Stay with us for further updates on this developing weather event. You can WATCH LIVE Coverage of this event as it unfolds on our ‘Storm Watch America’ channel! Our coverage will begin somewhere around 6pm et or sooner or later as conditions warrant.
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***Please have your NOAA Weather Radio turned on tonight and Friday and have it set to ALERT mode so you can get the latest warnings for your county as these storms may move into and across the Atlanta area during the nightime hours while you are sleeping!