Update 7:30 p.m.: A Tornado Watch was issued Monday evening for much of north and northwest Georgia. The watch was until 1 a.m. Tuesday morning. More stormy weather is expected Tuesday
The same weather system that spawned deadly tornadoes Sunday
in Arkansas and Oklahoma will bring “multi-day” potential for severe storms to
Georgia this week.
The National Weather Service Office in Peachtree City said the threat in Georgia begins Monday night and will last into Wednesday.
“This includes strong, long tracked tornadoes that are most likely across northwest Georgia in the Monday night to early Tuesday morning time period, across west central Georgia Tuesday afternoon,” the weather service posted on its website.
The slow-moving storm system was responsible for at least 17 deaths Sunday, including 16 in Arkansas. It was expected to bring rough weather to Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee during the day Monday and into far northwest Georgia Monday night.
The forecast comes almost exactly three years after a tornado outbreak hit northwest Georgia April 27-28, 2011, killing more than a dozen and injuring more than 100. That system, called one of the deadliest in U.S. History, also devastated states to the west of Georgia, particularly Alabama, Mississippi and Arkansas. Around 350 people were killed during that outbreak.
The chance of precipitation is 100 percent Tuesday and Wednesday, prompting a Flash Flood Watch for most of north and central Georgia through Wednesday night. Rainfall amounts on 3 to 5 inches are expected, according to the weather service.
Here’s is the National Weather Service’s Hazardous Weather Outlook:
THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF NORTH AND CENTRAL GEORGIA.
TODAY AND TONIGHT..ISOLATED STRONG LONG-TRACK TORNADOES ARE POSSIBLE ACROSS FAR NORTHWEST GEORGIA TONIGHT... ISOLATED TO SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS CAN BE EXPECTED ACROSS THE AREA TODAY AND TONIGHT
WEATHER HAZARDS EXPECTED
OVER THE AREA FROM CEDARTOWN TO BLUE RIDGE AND NORTHWEST TONIGHT... DAMAGING WINDS...LARGE HAIL...AND ISOLATED STRONG LONG-TRACKED TORNADOES WILL BE POSSIBLE.
OVER THE AREA FROM STEWART TO FORSYTH TO WILKES COUNTIES AND NORTH TONIGHT...ISOLATED DAMAGING WINDS...LARGE HAIL AND TORNADOES WILL BE POSSIBLE. GUSTY WINDS AND OCCASIONAL TO FREQUENT LIGHTNING WILL BE POSSIBLE WITH ANY THUNDERSTORM.
DISCUSSION... AN UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCE WILL COMBINE WITH MODERATE INSTABILITY AND WIND SHEAR TO GIVE GOOD POTENTIAL FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ...MAINLY TONIGHT OVER NORTH AND A PORTION OF CENTRAL GEORGIA.
DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN
TUESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY... A SLOW MOVING COLD FRONT WILL MOVE INTO FAR NORTHWEST GEORGIA WEDNESDAY MORNING AND EXIT THE AREA BY THURSDAY MORNING. THE POTENTIAL FOR SEVERE WEATHER WILL CONTINUE TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY. DAMAGING WINDS...LARGE HAIL...AND TORNADOES WILL BE POSSIBLE. AT THIS TIME...RAINFALL TOTALS OF 3 TO 5 INCHES CAN BE EXPECTED OVER NORTH GEORGIA AND ABOUT 1 TO 3 INCHES OVER CENTRAL GEORGIA THROUGH THURSDAY. THIS COULD LEAD TO ISOLATED FLASH FLOODING OVER MAINLY NORTH GEORGIA...AND WIDESPREAD MINOR TO POSSIBLY MODERATE AREA LAKE AND RIVER FLOODING ACROSS THE ENTIRE AREA.