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A line of strong to severe thunderstorms will move across the area between mid-morning and late afternoon Friday. Some storms will be capable of damaging winds, large hail, and a few tornadoes. Locally heavy rain could also result in sudden water rises in creeks and small streams, as well as elevate the flood risk over urban areas. The severe threat will end from west to east throughout the afternoon and into the early evening hours, Friday. 
What’s Changed
  • The Storm Prediction Center has now placed almost all of  north and central Georgia in an ENHANCED RISK (3 on a  scale from 0-5) for severe thunderstorms, with only far northwestern Dade County and Toombs County remaining in a SLIGHT RISK (2 on a scale from 0-5) for severe thunderstorms. This increase is due to an increased potential for damaging winds gusts and tornadoes, with large hail remaining a threat as well.
Primary Hazards (In order of concern)
  • Damaging Wind Gusts (≥ 60 mph)
  • Large Hail (≥ 1 inch)
  • A few tornadoes
  • Locally heavy rainfall could lead to street and nuisance flooding concerns.
  • Generally late Friday morning (after 9 am) through the early evening  (7-8 PM) Friday
  • Moving into NW Georgia initially in the late morning, the I-85 corridor & ATL metro Friday afternoon, moving into eastern Georgia (I-16 and eastern I-20 corridors) Friday evening.
Latest Storm Prediction Center (SPC) outlook for severe weather on Friday (May 6th):
Current General Expected Timing:
SPC Day 1 Tornado Probability:
SPC Day 1 Severe Winds Probability:
SPC Day 1 Severe Hail Probability:

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