Tornado warning issued for several metro counties


8:12 a.m. The tornado warning has expired. But the National Weather Service issued a severe weather statement that includes southwestern Cobb, Douglas and southeastern Paulding counties.

A line of storms is moving east at 40 mph, and 50 mph wind gusts are possible.

8:08 a.m.: There are no plans to extend the warning to Douglas County. However, the NWS does plan to issue a significant weather advisory for the county, Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Brian Monahan said.

8:02 a.m.: Haralson is now out of the tornado warning. Hail and strong winds were reported south of I-20.

A tree is down on an apartment complex in Bremen, according to Monahan.

8 a.m.: A “watch” means a tornado is possible in your area. A “warning” means a tornado has been spotted, and you need to take shelter immediately, according to the Georgia Emergency Management Agency.

MORE: What you need to know if there is a tornado

Take shelter in storm cellars or basements or in an interior room or hallway on the lowest level if that’s not an option, officials said.

Stay away from windows, doors and outside walls. Stay away from corners, which attract debris.

If shelter is not available, lie flat in a ditch or other low-lying area. Do not get under an overpass or bridge.

7:52 a.m.: A severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was over Temple, about 11 miles east of Buchanan, moving east at 50 mph, the National Weather Service reported.

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for southwest Paulding, north Carroll and central Haralson counties until 8:15 a.m.

“Take cover now,” the NWS said in the warning.

Today: Showers and storms continue. High: 62.

Tonight: Chance of showers. Low: 55

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. High: 57

» For a detailed forecast, visit The Atlanta Journal-Constitution weather page.

As heavy rain moves through metro Atlanta, some areas face the threat of isolated severe storms, according to Channel 2 Action News.

Joe Gronemeyer walks in the rain at the North terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

Damaging winds and downpours are the most likely impacts. Ponding is possible, too.

“But you can’t rule out an isolated spin-out tornado,” Channel 2 meteorologist Karen Minton said.

Wet roads created problems early. Multiple wrecks were reported across metro Atlanta, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center.

“Travel with caution today,” Minton said.

By 6 a.m., Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport had received less than one-tenth of an inch of rain, according to Channel 2.

More is on the way, Minton said.

Parts of metro Atlanta could get as much as 2 inches of rain by the end of the day, Channel 2 reported. 

Atlanta could get close to 1 inch of rain by 6 p.m. Wednesday. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

The wet weather prompted the state to postpone a tornado drill planned for today until 9 a.m. Friday. The statewide drill is part of Severe Weather Awareness Week, which runs through Friday. Each day, state officials offer tips or host events intended to highlight the importance of planning for all types of severe weather.

Currently, the temperature is 59 degrees in Atlanta, which is “well above the average of 36 degrees,” Minton said.

The high is expected to reach 62.

2018-02-07 13:13:00

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