Updated: Jan 12
At 6 p.m. this evening, Sat., Jan. 11, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg issued a Severe thunderstorm warning for Stephens, Habersham and Rabun counties in Georgia, as well as southeastern Macon County in western NC and Northwestern Oconee COunty in Upstate South Carolina. The warning is expected to only last until 7 p.m. However, Stephens County will remain under a tornado watch until midnight.
The following are excerpts from the warnings: At 559 PM EST, severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from 11 miles northwest of Clayton to 9 miles southeast of Cleveland, moving northeast at 40 mph. HAZARD...60 mph wind gusts. IMPACT...Expect damage to trees and power lines. * Locations impacted include... Toccoa, Clayton, Clarkesville, Cornelia, Baldwin, Demorest, Mount Airy, Alto, Mountain City and Tiger. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...Scattered trees and power lines will be blown down in the warned area. Seek shelter inside an interior room. Please report damaging winds, hail, or flooding to the National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg by calling toll free, 1, 800-2 6 7-8 1 0 1, or by posting on our Facebook page, or Tweet it using hashtag nwsgsp. Your message should describe the event and the specific location where it occurred. A Tornado Watch remains in effect until midnight EST for northeastern Georgia...western North Carolina...and Upstate South Carolina. A line of heavy rain showers with embedded thunderstorms is expected to cross the area tonight along a cold front. Very gusty winds are expected to accompany the line of showers and storms, with isolated damaging winds possible. A brief tornado also cannot be ruled out. Occasional cloud to ground lightning and very heavy rainfall can occur with any storm.