A tornado watch was issued in metro Atlanta at 7 p.m. Wednesday, around the same time tornadoes touched down in Tuscaloosa, Birmingham and other Alabama cities. Various media were reporting up to 30 deaths throughout the South.
The Weather Channel was reporting Wednesday night, “We are in the midst of a potential historic tornado outbreak. Northeast Mississippi, central/northern Alabama, middle Tennessee and northwest Georgia all fall under the greatest threat zone.”
Areas in northwest Georgia sustained wind damage Wednesday morning. Floyd County schools closed early and hundreds of trees were reported down at Berry College near Rome.
“Individual thunderstorms could produce damaging winds, large hail and there could even be some tornadoes in the area,” Tom Moore, a lead meteorologist with The Weather Channel, said Wednesday afternoon.
Hayes Elementary School in Kennesaw opened as a shelter for families in the nearby Castle Lake mobile home park Wednesday night. Families were invited to arrive at 7 p.m. and were expected to return to their homes at 6 a.m. today.
Missy Owen, a counselor at Hayes, spearheaded the effort to use the school as a shelter.
Castle Lake was heavily damaged in the September 2009 floods.
The forecast for today calls for afternoon sunshine and a high of 74 degrees, according to Accuweather.
However, temperatures tonight are expected to dip into the lower 50s as a result of a passing cold front.