Potential for severe weather in South Georgia Tuesday afternoon, evening
Watch Meteorologist Charles Roop look at the conditions that led to a First Alert Weather Day below.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - It’s not just the dangerous heat across the Deep South that one has to prepare for, but there is also the threat of damaging wind gusts and hail Tuesday afternoon and evening.
A Severe Thunderstorm Watch was issued by the Storm Prediction Center for all of the South Georgia viewing area until 8 p.m. Tuesday. A watch means conditions are favorable for severe weather in the watch area, and that those in the watch should continue to monitor the weather and act when any severe warnings are issued by the National Weather Service.
4:15 PM: The SPC has shifted the Severe Thunderstorm WATCH farther south to include all of South Georgia. The watch, which expires at 8 PM Tuesday, means conditions are favorable for severe weather and to be alert for any warnings that may be issued. #gawx pic.twitter.com/cDooqGAvaj— Charles Roop (@CharlesRoopWCTV) June 14, 2022
A First Alert Day was declared by the First Alert Weather Team mid Tuesday afternoon.
The timing of arrival will likely be mid-afternoon through the evening hours Tuesday as the storms travel from the north-northeast to the south.
What’s left of the thunderstorm complexes that brought severe weather to parts of the Midwest late Monday and through the night was riding along the north and eastern edge of a ridge of high pressure aloft. The area of mid-level lift and moisture made its way to portions of the Mid-Atlantic, as well as South Carolina and Georgia. The radar was already active with numerous showers and thunderstorms northeast of the South Georgia viewing area as of 1:45 p.m. Tuesday.
With plenty of daytime heating, untapped convective energy and drier air aloft, this will set the stage for the potential of damaging wind gusts and small hail. The watch does only include portions of South Georgia, but based on modeled atmospheric profiles, stronger thunderstorms can’t be completely ruled out for the Big Bend and South Georgia border counties later Tuesday evening.
At around 5 p.m. Tuesday, more than 2,000 people were without power in Thomasville.
These are the reports from Georgia Power & Light:
- 910 lost power in the Valdosta area
- 330 lost power in the Meigs/Camilla area
- 533 in the Colquitt area lost power
Meanwhile, the City of Thomasville reported that 621 households had lost power. The city is not under the GPL umbrella.
The First Alert Weather Team will continue to monitor the progress of the showers and storms as well as the severe weather threat. Be sure to download the First Alert Weather App for mobile devices to receive updates from the team and warnings from NWS.
This story was updated to reflect the changes with the Severe Thunderstorm Watch for South Georgia and the adjustment of the severe weather risk for Tuesday.
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