SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — Strong to severe thunderstorms are expected Wednesday afternoon and Storm Team 3 says some could become strong to severe with locally damaging wind gusts and an isolated tornado. The tornado watch issued earlier today for Montgomery, Toombs, Jeff Davis, Appling, and Bacon counties has expired. Currently, the Storm Prediction Center is holding off from extending the watch east.
That being said, additional counties could be added to a new watch as the greatest risk for severe weather for most of the area will generally come between 2 and 7 pm. A Tornado Watch means conditions are favorable for a tornado to develop while a warning means a tornado is imminent.
The earliest downpours or thunderstorms could develop by late morning into the lunch hour, but coverage of heavy rain and strong storms will become much more widespread during the early afternoon. In addition to torrential downpours, damaging straight-line wind, large hail, and isolated tornadoes will be possible.
SEVERE THREATS: Our greatest risk will be damaging winds. Even outside a thunderstorm, it will be a breezy day with wind gusts up to 25 mph. Combined with heavy rain, this could bring down powerlines and trees. There is also a low potential for tornadoes in the evening. In the warm sector, it will not be out of the question to have a warning pop-up. Greatest risk will be for our inland communities. There will also be a medium risk for hail.
Make sure to review your severe weather plan so you can act quickly in the event of warning. Identify in advance your safe place to ride out a severe thunderstorm or tornado. Look for a room at the lowest level, away from windows, with as many walls between you and an exterior wall as possible. Mobile homes are not considered safe shelter for severe weather.
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