SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — A line of heavy downpours and strong to severe thunderstorms will sweep through the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry today. This line has a history of producing wind damage and numerous tornadoes.

A Tornado Watch has been issued until 2 PM for Montgomery, Toombs, Jeff Davis, Appling, and Bacon counties. Additional counties could be added to the watch through the day. A watch means conditions are favorable for a tornado to develop, while a warning means one is imminent or possibly already on the ground.

Even greater than the risk of a tornado will be the threat of locally damaging straight line wind gusts of 60 mph or more. These storms will move through from west to east, most likely reaching the Savannah metro and Lowcountry during the early afternoon hours.

Showers will begin moving in from the west this morning, but the strongest storms will develop generally between 10 am and 6 pm.

Remain alert through the day and be prepared to seek safe shelter in the event of severe thunderstorm or tornado warning. The lowest level, interior room of a building is always the safest location.

Even outside of any strong to severe thunderstorms, expect frequent wind gusts of 30-35 mph as the front approaches and moves through. While less gusty overnight tonight into Friday, it will stay quite breezy.

Storm Team 3 will keep you updated on-air and online through the day.