Round Two: Severe weather expected Wednesday

| April 5, 2017

VALDOSTA – Another dangerous severe weather outbreak is expected to move through the South on Wednesday, bringing with it strong winds, hail and possibly tornadoes.

Forecast models from WCTV predict rain will begin in Southwest Georgia around 2 p.m. Wednesday with showers and thunderstorms continuing through the evening to around 8 a.m. Thursday morning. Of course, exact timing could change depending on how fast the front is moving.

Lowndes County Emergency Management Director Ashley Tye issued the following statement about the storm:

“The confidence from the National Weather Service forecasters has increased with regards to the severe threat Wednesday.  The latest forecast produced by the Storm Prediction Center has shifted the risk eastward which now places all of Lowndes County in an Enhanced Risk Category.  It is worth noting that the Moderate Risk area has also shifted and is very close to the Northwest boundary of Lowndes County.  The risk is slightly higher than it was prior to Monday’s storms, and indications from the forecasters are that this storm will have a greater impact on our area.”

Areas shaded in red are under a moderate risk of severe weather. A moderate risk means that severe weather is likely. Severe weather risks decrease to the east

Small sections of the central portion of North Florida and South Georgia will be under enhanced and slight risks of severe weather. These areas could see strong to severe thunderstorms. Hail and a tornado cannot be ruled out. The eastern Big Bend will have a marginal risk of severe weather. Strong thunderstorms are possible in the eastern portions of the WCTV viewing area.

The main threat for areas under a moderate risk will be tornadoes. Those threats extend from Seminole county through Early county, and east to Worth county. Northern parts of Decatur and Thomas counties are included in the moderate risk as well. High wind gusts up to 70 mph are possible in severe thunderstorms.

Large hail is also possible. Up to golf-ball sized hail is anticipated by the National Weather Service in Tallahassee.

The storm system has already caused damage, including a possible tornado in Missouri, according to the Weather Channel.



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