Be weather aware: Damaging wind gusts, heavy rain, brief tornadoes possible with severe storms

ATLANTA — Tuesday and Wednesday are days you will want to be weather aware as Severe Weather Team 2 tracks the chances for strong storms.

The risk for severe storms has increased to Level 2 of 5 east of Atlanta. The Level 2 risk now includes nearly all of north Georgia.

Severe Weather Team 2 Chief Meteorologist Brad Nitz says a tornado watch has been issued until 9 p.m. Tuesday night for all of metro Atlanta and much of north Georgia:

Barrow, Bartow, Butts, Carroll, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Clarke, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, Dade, Dawson, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Floyd, Forsyth, Fulton, Gilmer, Gordon, Gwinnett, Hall, Haralson, Harris, Heard, Henry, Jackson, Jasper, Lamar, Meriwether, Monroe, Morgan, Murray, Muscogee, Newton, Oconee, Paulding, Pickens, Pike, Polk, Rockdale, Spalding, Talbot, Troup, Upson, Walker, Walton and Whitfield counties.

Here is what to know as you go through Tuesday afternoon and evening.

  • Potentially strong storms will move in Tuesday afternoon.
  • Second round of storms move in Wednesday morning.
  • Damaging wind gusts and localized flooding are main threats.
  • Isolated, brief tornadoes are possible

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