This same storm system will track east bringing similar hazards to more than 30 million people across the Southeast on Saturday.
A ‘slight’ risk, level two out of five, encompasses the enhanced risk and includes Atlanta, Jacksonville, Birmingham, and Columbia, South Carolina.
The first round of severe storms is expected Saturday morning, as a strong line of thunderstorms tracks across the South, affecting Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. The main threat along this line of storms will be damaging winds, but some short-lived, embedded tornadoes are possible.
Tornado watches were issued early Saturday morning for portions of southern Mississippi, southern Alabama, southern Georgia, and the Florida Panhandle.
The first round of storms will track across the Gulf Coast through the early afternoon. A second round of storms is forecast to bring more rain and severe hazards to some of the same areas affected in the morning.
The greatest threat for tornadoes will be in the afternoon and evening hours across portions of southeast Alabama, southwest Georgia, and northern Florida.
Much of Alabama, southwest Georgia, and the Florida Panhandle could see hail the size of golf balls or larger Saturday afternoon.
By the evening hours, the second round will affect Georgia and the Carolinas before pushing offshore early Sunday morning.
Since this severe threat continues throughout the overnight hours, it is important for residents in these areas to have weather alerts set up on their cellphones to awaken them in case any bad weather immediately threatens your town.
Flash flood threat
Along with the severe weather, there is the risk for flash flooding especially across portions of Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina.
These storms are forecast to produce a widespread rainfall of between 2 and 4 inches across the Southeast on Saturday. Even higher rainfall amounts of 4-6 inches are forecast across southern Alabama, southern Georgia, and northern Florida today.
Severe weather in the US should settle down Sunday and Monday, but the Storm Prediction Center suggests a return on Tuesday for parts of the southern Plains: “Confidence remains high that severe thunderstorms will impact the central and southern Plains on Tuesday. (Forecast variables) continue to suggest the potential for supercells capable of all severe hazards.”