All of the midstate should keep umbrellas and weather radios at hand for several days.
A weather system headed east toward Georgia could bring tornadoes, other damaging winds, hail and flooding, according to the National Weather Service office in Peachtree City.
We are asking people that, even though the highest risk is Northwest Georgia, to make sure their families are prepared for severe weather, Don Druitt, Macon-Bibb County Emergency Management director, said in an email.
Druitt urged people to keep a weather radio handy, keep cell phones charged, prepare a safety kit and watch for local weather forecasts.
With heavy rains threatening, most of Middle Georgia is under a flood watch through Wednesday night. Forecasts say parts of Middle Georgia could get 1 to 3 inches of rain in the coming days.
A second round of severe weather is expected Tuesday afternoon and evening, particularly across north Georgia and portions of Middle Georgia. That brings a potential for damaging winds, large hail and tornadoes, the National Weather Service said.
A National Weather Service forecast shows the western part of the state is expected to be under the highest tornado threat on Tuesday, with the rest of the state -- including most of Middle Georgia -- facing a more moderate threat of tornadoes.
Minor or moderate flooding of some larger creeks and rivers is likely, the agency said.
Macons forecast doesnt call for as much severe weather. Showers and thunderstorms are expected mostly after 9 a.m. Tuesday, and some of those storms could be severe. As much of 1 inch of rain is expected during the day Tuesday.
The National Weather Service expects more rain and possible severe weather in Macon on Tuesday night, followed by more of the same Wednesday and Wednesday night. The weather may start to clear Thursday.
For the latest weather information, go to www.srh.noaa.gov/ffc.
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