The National Weather Service in Louisville has issued a tornado watch for Bullitt County through 10 p.m. Wednesday night. The severe storms will likely not be widespread, but some instances of downed trees and power lines will be possible.
The quick moving storms will also bring heavy lightning and brief, but heavy rainfall amounts to ground that was saturated by heavy rain less than 48 hours ago. The storms were expected in two waves: one in the morning, and another in the afternoon and evening.
Oconee County Sheriff Scott Berry said there was a flooding problem along Mars Hill Road near Watkinsville, but otherwise nothing serious.
"It could be much worse, and I'm very thankful that it's not", Friedman said. Another storage building was also damaged.
"Destructive and long-track tornadoes will be possible, along with hail up to the size of baseballs, and damaging straight line winds", the weather service said. All told, at least nine possible tornados had been reported across Alabama, Georgia and SC as the day wore on.
"We are still taking cover and actively watching the storm", he said.
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Another was reported in SC.
The newest outlook from the Storm Prediction Center shows the tornado threat for the Upstate, specifically areas south of Interstate 85, is three times higher than it was on Monday, when four tornadoes touched down in the Upstate, killing one man.
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley said the state of emergency would last until the severe weather subsides.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Another line of severe storms rolled through the Carolinas early Thursday, a day after severe weather that produced hail and heavy rains in some places.
In addition, the Federal Aviation Administration issued a ground stop for flights at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
The severe weather caused the cancellation of Wednesday's Par 3 contest at the Masters Tournament for the first time ever, forcing hundreds of people to leave.
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"The National Weather Service in Louisville, Kentucky has stated they have a high confidence that several discrete super cell thunderstorms are going to enter the region".
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A storm system with tornadoes, hail and high winds lashed the Southeast on Wednesday as a predicted severe weather outbreak got underway. Storms on Sunday and Monday killed five people, including a MS woman who desperately called 911 from a vehicle that plunged into a rain-swollen creek.
National Weather Service meteorologist Keith Stellman says the tornado struck in Georgia's Stewart County around noon Wednesday. One person was taken to a hospital with a possible broken ankle, but no deaths or serious injuries were reported.
Their plan to evolve started in 2011 after the deadly tornadoes that hit Joplin, Missouri.
National Weather Service meteorologist John De Block said early Wednesday he expects storms to last into the evening in southern and eastern Alabama.
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Strong winds of 55 miles per hour or more can cause significant damage even though no tornado is present.