LIVE UPDATES: Tornado Watch Issued for Entire Atlanta, North Georgia Metro Area Following Heavy Storms – WSB-TV Channel 2


ATLANTA – Strong storms downed trees and power lines, damaged buildings and generated at least one confirmed tornado in Georgia Thursday afternoon.

A dangerous long-trajectory tornado that blazed a path of destruction through Alabama early Thursday moved into western Georgia around 4:40 p.m. The storm was first warned around 1:30 p.m.

At least five people were killed in Alabama as tornadoes advanced through Thursday afternoon.

Severe Weather Team 2 Chief Meteorologist Glenn Burns He said he had never seen anything like it.

“This has been the longest-running tornado I’ve ever seen,” Burns said.

Brad Nitz of Severe Weather Team 2 said a Tornado alert has aired for the entire Atlanta metropolitan area and North Georgia until 2 a.m.

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Our team of meteorologists Severe Weather Team 2 We have been tracking this storm system heading our way for several days.

Parts of northwest Georgia have a Level 4 risk of 5. Other areas are under a Level 2 or 3 risk, including parts of the metropolitan area.

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Here’s what you need to know about the weather:

  • Damaging winds, isolated tornadoes, and hail are possible
  • Some areas could see several inches of rain
  • Flash Flood Warning for Bartow, Cherokee, Dawson, Gilmer, Gordon, and Pickens until 3:15 a.m. M.

LIVE UPDATES:

8:53 pm

Parts of Paulding, Cherokee, Haralson, Cobb, Polk and Bartow counties are under a Severe thunderstorm warning until 9:30 pm

7:52 pm

TO Tornado alert has aired for the entire Atlanta metropolitan area and North Georgia until 2 a.m.

A severe thunderstorm warning has been trouble for parts of Paulding, Cherokee, North Fulton, and Bartow Counties until 8:30 pm

5:50 pm

Channel 2 Action News viewers have reported some heavy flooding in Floyd County. A flash flood warning is in effect for the area until 9:30 p.m.

5:48 pm

All tornado warnings have expired.

5:40 pm

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Bartow, Cherokee, and Pickens counties until 6:15 p.m.

5:05 pm

Polk County schools will be closed Friday so officials can assess damage from the storm.

5:00 pm

A tornado warning has been issued for Bartow County until 5:45 p.m.

4:19 pm

A tornado warning has been issued for Floyd and Polk counties until 5:15 pm. The same long-running tornado caused damage in Alabama this afternoon.

Anyone within the warning area should immediately take cover:

4:08 pm

A large tornado on the ground in Alabama is about 22 miles from the Georgia state line.

3:08 pm

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Bartow, Cherokee, Cobb, Paulding, and Polk counties until 3:45 p.m.

2:54 pm

A tornado warning has been issued for Madison, Banks and Jackson counties until 3:15 p.m.

1:40 pm

The City of Cedartown in Polk County reports downed trees and flooding after heavy storms passed through:

1:31 pm

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Cherokee, Barrow, Forsyth, Cobb, Gwinnett, Hall, Jackson and Fulton counties until 2:15 p.m.

1:05 pm

A severe thunderstorm advisory has been issued for Cherokee, Forsyth, Cobb and Fulton counties as of 1:30 pm There may be 60 mph winds and 1-inch diameter hail.

12:44 pm

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Paulding, Cobb, Floyd, Polk, and Bartow counties until 1:30 p.m.

12:31 pm

A tornado watch was issued for the extreme northwest of the state until 9 p.m. Counties include Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Floyd, Gordon, Polk and Whitfield.

Meteorologist Brian Monahan of Severe Weather Team 2 He said there is already some rotation in these storms, including a supercell in Polk County.

12:27 pm

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Haralson, Floyd and Polk counties until 12:45 p.m.

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