Tornado Watch posted for Middle Georgia, severe weather expected

A potentially deadly storm system headed for Middle Georgia has prompted a tornado watch.

The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch until 6 p.m. for all counties in central and southwest parts of Georgia.

Severe thunderstorms were already moving into Dooly, Crisp, Houston, Macon and Sumter County by 10:30 a.m.

Lines of severe weather are expected to through the state continually through the evening hours. Everyone is urged to listen to NOAA Weather radios or check media reports for possible watches and warnings.

The whole region is under a flood watch through tonight as well. Most parts of the midstate have received up to two inches of rain already and that much more is still possible today and tonight.

The primary hazards associated with this dangerous storm system will be damaging winds, large hail, lightning and tornadoes. The storms are expected to move through in waves throughout the afternoon and evening before a second threat of a major squall line tracking through after dark, according to weather advisories.

Anyone attending functions involving large gatherings of people this evening should take a moment to consider the safest spots to take shelter in their unfamiliar surroundings.

Bibb County Emergency Management Agency director Johnny Wingers is monitoring the approaching storm and plans to have the mobile command center in operation.