Strong storms, tornadoes possible in parts of Deep South


The Charlotte area is under a Tornado Watch until 6 p.m.

Forecasters say powerful thunderstorms are possible across parts of the South, bringing the threat of tornadoes to south Georgia and northern Florida.

The weather service office in Columbia said on its Twitter page that around 2:45 p.m. Wednesday that a tornado was "on the ground producing damage".

The band of thunderstorms over north Florida prompted several severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings Wednesday morning. Mainly dry now, but we'll see the clouds build, the winds increase and the storms develop later today.

The stationary front causing the storm is expected to move slowly eastward through Wednesday night.

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A few of the severe storms will be organized enough to produce a tornado. A 5 or "high" chance of severe weather is the NWS's top rating.

The possible tornado may have touched down in the area, which is at the coast, before moving over the water, Shashy said.

Multiple round of showers and thunderstorms are expected through today and Wednesday.

The heavier storms could trigger wind gusts of 30 to 50 miles per hour, with potentials for 2 to 4 inches of rain, possibly more in localized areas affected by more persistent activity.

The good news is that Panovich expects a break in the rain by Thursday morning. Friday will be dry and sunny with highs in the 80s.