Tornados and apparent twisters, rain, hail around Southeast

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Remain weather alert through at least 7 p.m. when the threat will end.

The national weather service previously issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Troup and Meriwether counties until 9 AM Wednesday.

Colder temperatures also are expected Wednesday and Thursday and snow showers are possible, although only minor snow accumulations are expected. "If we go into a tornado watch, the shelters will immediately open across the county".

The potential for tornadoes could spawn up during this time, too. "The first round of storms comes with a low risk of severe weather, but if the sun comes out in the afternoon and destabilizes the atmosphere, the risk for severe weather will greatly increase", Little said. Rainfall is expected to be heavier, accompanied by possible hail, damaging winds and even isolated tornadoes. Some businesses shut down because of the weather threat.

Hate to break the bad news, but more rain is coming.

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Strong storms with heavy rain and hail sparked tornado warnings and downed several trees and power lines across north Georgia Wednesday morning, early afternoon and night.

Dozens of school districts in Alabama and Georgia canceled classes while Alabama Governor Robert Bentley declared a state of emergency ahead of the storm front.

Earlier today the weather service in Birmingham updated its forecast downgrading Lee County to an enhanced risk of severe weather.

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The National Weather Service is calling for thunderstorms, high winds, hail and possible tornadoes Wednesday.

Meteorologist John De Block said he expects storms to last into the evening in southern and eastern Alabama. Because of the potential hazard to school buses on roadways in the morning, however, school officials chose to cancel classes on Thursday.

Some schools in the Upstate are also dismissing early Wednesday due to weather concerns.

Pasquotank-Camden Emergency Management Coordinator wrote in an email that the most severe weather is expected between 3 a.m. and 10 a.m. Thursday.

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