ATLANTA - At least 23 people have died after a powerful tornado ripped through Alabama, leaving behind a path of destruction in Georgia.
Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Katie Walls traveled to Talbot County where the tornado's powerful winds destroyed many homes, apartments and snapped trees in half.
Three people are being treated for injuries, the EMS director in Talbot County told Channel 2's Michael Seiden.
Photos sent to the Channel 2 Action News newsroom show debris from strong wind gusts and heavy rain knocking out power lines.
Severe Weather Team 2 chief meteorologist Glenn Burns broke into programming in the afternoon when tornado warnings were issued for Putnam, Greene and Upson counties.
We're LIVE in the areas hardest hit by the storms talking with people affected and learning about the clean up ahead - on Channel 2 Action News This Morning starting at 4:30 a.m.
The Red Cross has opened a shelter in Talbot County to assist people impacted by the storm.
#GARedCross is working with partners to access damage & help people impacted by today’s severe weather. A shelter has been opened in #TalbotCounty #Georgia for anyone who needs a safe place to stay. To locate a #RedCross shelter visit: https://t.co/yizApFA1g7 #Tornado https://t.co/FsEeuU8Xma— Georgia Red Cross (@GARedCross) March 4, 2019
Severe Thunderstorm Warning for SE Meriwether, SW Pike and NW Upson counties.
SEVERE T-STORM WARNING for SE Meriwether. SW Pike, and NW Upson counties. Storm is showing signs of rotation and could also produce a tornado. Please take cover. #StormWatchOn2 pic.twitter.com/BGUi5WjKSC— Glenn Burns (@GlennBurnsWSB) March 3, 2019
Tornado warnings are continuing further south in Macon and Warner Robbins and parts of Alabama.
3 inch + hail just north of Warner Robins, south of Macon, GA pic.twitter.com/NvPFDX9GfP— Brad Nitz (@BradNitzWSB) March 3, 2019
Very bad day for south-central GA. Powerful tornado near Columbus with a TORNADO EMERGENCY. pic.twitter.com/wIJGJoIXSA— Glenn Burns (@GlennBurnsWSB) March 3, 2019
Numerous tornado warnings to our south. Still watching that line moving into the west metro. Meteorologist Katie Walls is heading into the storm in Severe Weather Chaser 2. pic.twitter.com/apH675ddzW— Glenn Burns (@GlennBurnsWSB) March 3, 2019
Burns is strong wind gusts near 40 mph moving through Haralson and Carroll counties.
Be weather aware in Haralson and Carroll counties. Likely some strong winds moving in now. pic.twitter.com/rljR0VCUTX— Glenn Burns (@GlennBurnsWSB) March 3, 2019
One to two inches of rain is possible before the line of heavy rain ends, according to Burns.
For most of our viewing area we are in pretty good shape. Just a lot of rain 1-2 inches before it ends. It's already ended in Huntsville and Birmingham. Lightning in Gwinnett has caused some issues. We are here watching it every step of the way. #StormWatchOn2 pic.twitter.com/91Rjarl5PB— Glenn Burns (@GlennBurnsWSB) March 3, 2019
There are no tornado warnings in the Channel 2 viewing area, but there are several further south in Georgia and Alabama.
Tornado warnings are all south of the WSB-TV viewing area right now, but a tornado watch is in effect all the way north to include south metro Atlanta.— Brad Nitz (@BradNitzWSB) March 3, 2019
I'm in Severe Weather Center 2 with Glenn Burns and Katie Walls right now monitoring the threats. pic.twitter.com/rH7uo3xXEf
A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued for parts of Upson, Talbot, Taylor and Harris counties until 2:45 p.m..
Severe thunderstorm warning for parts of these counties:— Brad Nitz (@BradNitzWSB) March 3, 2019
Gusts to 60 mph possible. pic.twitter.com/htj7fTicjF
A strong storm is moving in Upson County right now.
POSSIBLE TORNADO in storm currently southwest of Upson Co. Be prepared for warning to be extended in to Upson. pic.twitter.com/nGEESYC0oU— Glenn Burns (@GlennBurnsWSB) March 3, 2019
Might have another developing supercell a little southeast of Opelika in eastern AL… this is moving toward the GA line a bit north of Columbus. pic.twitter.com/yGdjkc9ckV— Brian Monahan, WSB (@BMonahanWSB) March 3, 2019
The first wave of storms are starting to move through Atlanta. Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Eboni Deon reports heavy rain and thunder at our midtown studios.
Storms moving through Atlanta. Hearing the rain and thunder here at WSB. No warnings as of now (1:15PM). Tornado Watch includes south metro goes until 8PM pic.twitter.com/akWL81GlZ9— Eboni Deon, WSB (@ebonideonWSB) March 3, 2019
A tornado watch has been issued for parts of south metro Atlanta and central Georgia until 8 p.m. and there is a watch also in effect for Randolph County, Alabama until 6 p.m:
Tornado Watch for central and southwest Georgia until 8PM. pic.twitter.com/ut8mIXmGju— Eboni Deon, WSB (@ebonideonWSB) March 3, 2019
Sunday Outlook: Enhanced risk area for severe storms includes our southern zones LaGrange, Eatonton & Griffin and much of south Georgia. . Atlanta metro is under a slight risk for severe storms. Threat for winds to 60mph, heavy rain and isolated tornadoes. pic.twitter.com/UkditDlzLl— Eboni Deon, WSB (@ebonideonWSB) March 3, 2019
The line of storms is making its way across Alabama. Light rain is beginning to fall in parts of Georgia.
Rain now moving into our western counties. Few storms in Alabama. Be sure to download our WSBTV weather app to track the rain and get alerts if severe storms threaten your area. pic.twitter.com/PsP4HNwxxG— Eboni Deon, WSB (@ebonideonWSB) March 3, 2019
AFTER THE STORMS
The storms are expected to move into northwest Georgia before noon and will last through the evening around 6 p.m.
Deon said the heavy rain with the system will bring an additional 1-2 inches to southern areas.
Behind the storms, expect temperatures to drop dramatically. Afternoon highs will not make it out of the lower to mid-40s through midweek.
The next chance of rain arrives Friday and temps will warm up to near normal highs in the lower 60s by then.
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