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Southwest Georgia under tornado watch

All of Southwest Georgia, including an area south and west of Columbus and Valdosta, is under a tornado watch until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2, according to the National Weather Service.

Some of the potential bad weather for the region including Southeast Alabama, the Florida Panhandle, Southwest Georgia and the Florida Big Bend could contain storms with damaging winds, isolated tornadoes, large hail and flooding, according to the National Weather Service.

A flash flood watch continues for the same region, including Southwest Georgia, and will remain in effect through late Wednesday night.

From the National Weather Service’s flood watch, available on www.weather.gov:

“FURTHER EAST…ACROSS SOUTHWESTERN GEORGIA AND THE WESTERN FLORIDA BIG BEND…LESSER AMOUNTS OF LOCALLY 3 TO 5 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE…WITH THE MAJORITY OF THE RAINFALL OCCURRING DURING WEDNESDAY. AS OF 400 AM EST (300 AM CST) THIS MORNING…THE HEAVIEST RAIN HAS FALLEN ACROSS MUCH OF THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE AND WESTERN BIG BEND…WITH RADAR ESTIMATES INDICATING A FAIRLY LARGE SWATH OF 2 TO 3 INCHES…WITH THE HIGHEST AMOUNTS NEAR THE COAST.

* AS SOME OF THIS RAIN IS EXPECTED TO OCCUR IN A VERY SHORT PERIOD OF TIME…THE POTENTIAL EXISTS FOR FLASH FLOODING IN URBANIZED OR POORLY DRAINING AREAS ON WEDNESDAY AS A SQUALL LINE MOVES THROUGH THE REGION.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT HEAVY RAINFALL IS POSSIBLE WHICH COULD LEAD TO FLOODING OF URBANIZED OR LOW LYING AREAS. NEVER ATTEMPT TO DRIVE THROUGH AN AREA THAT IS FLOODED. THE DEPTH OF THE WATER MAY BE TOO GREAT FOR YOUR CAR TO PASS SAFELY. REMEMBER…TURN AROUND…DON`T DROWN.

MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED.”