Middle Georgia under tornado watch

mstucka@macon.comJanuary 11, 2014 

Much of Middle Georgia will be under a tornado watch until 3 p.m. Saturday.

The National Weather Service issues the tornado watches when storms could produce tornadoes. The watch covers counties including Baldwin, Bibb, Butts, Crawford, Hancock, Houston, Jones, Monroe, Peach, Putnam and Twiggs counties.

People should be alert to changing weather conditions and look for approaching storms. Signs of danger include a dark or greenish sky; large hail; a large, dark, low-lying cloud that could be rotating; or a loud roar like a freight train. If you see the danger signs, be prepared to take shelter immediately, the Federal Emergency Management Agency says.

The National Weather Service said Saturday morning that warm, moist air moving into Georgia ahead of an approaching cold front will result in showers and thunderstorms, with a possibility of severe storms in parts of the state.

"The primary hazards expected today will be strong gusty winds and periods of heavy rain," the service said. "An isolated tornado can not be ruled out as well. The best location for these hazards will be south and east of a line from Americus to Warrenton."

A different storm front will bring showers and some thunderstorms Monday, the National Weather Service predicted.

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