Severe thunderstorms are in the forecast for the Deep South this afternoon, and the storm system will roll into Metro Atlanta this evening.
Warm and humid air is in place over North Georgia, which are favorable for thunderstorms to develop. Scattered storms will become widespread through the evening commute and continuing through the overnight hours.
Track the storms with our interactive radar below.
Timing Out the Storms
Heavy rain and storms will cross over the Alabama state line into Georgia around 6pm, eventually moving into Metro Atlanta through 9pm. The animation below illustrates the Futurecast Radar for Thursday evening through Friday morning.
Heavy rain will continue to move through the region into the early morning hours Friday, including the morning commute. Colder, drier conditions will return Friday afternoon.
Impacts From the Storms
A severe thunderstorm is defined as a storm that produces damaging wind gusts of 58 mph or greater, 1 inch diameter hail or greater, and or a tornado.
Along the Alabama/Georgia state line, storms may be strong enough Thursday evening to produce wind gusts as high as 58 mph.
This is strong enough to knock down trees and powerlines, causing power outages and potentially structural damage. Keep your cellphone and tablets charged in the event of a power outage, that way you can continue to stream updates on 95.5 WSB.
Heavy rain will also be an issue with as much as 1 to 2 inches of rainfall possible through Friday morning. Flash flooding may be an issue for low-lying areas.
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