Damaging winds, isolated tornadoes possible in North Georgia this afternoon
METRO ATLANTA — A strong cold front with gusty winds, rain and storms is making its way into the southeast and will push its way through Georgia starting on Saturday morning.
Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Eboni Deon says there is now a Level 2 of 5 risk for severe weather for much of metro Atlanta.
Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologists Eboni Deon and Brad Nitz will bring you the latest on the evolving weather system throughout the day on Channel 2 Action News
Here is what to expect for Saturday:
- Storms begin moving in after 12 p.m. today and stick around into the evening.
- Potential for heavy rain, damaging wind gusts and possibility of a brief tornado.
- Once the front clears the area, it will turn significantly colder; Sunday morning lows expected in upper 30s.
STORMS ACROSS SOUTHEAST
The system left multiple people dead across several states as it moved through on Friday night. Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said that at least 50 people were killed in the small town of Mayfield as a massive tornado tore through the southwest part of the state.
The storm hit a candle factory where more than 100 workers were on the job. The National Weather Service has also confirmed that at least an EF-2 tornado ripped through Bowling Green, leaving heavy destruction there.
Beshear said the number of deaths could increase as the search continues into the daylight hours.
At least one of the dead was a senior at Western Kentucky University who was set to graduate Saturday, WBKO-TV reports.
President Joe Biden released a statement Saturday, saying, “To lose a loved one like this is an unimaginable tragedy. We’re working with the governor to ensure they have what they need as the search for survivors and damage assessments continue.”
Tennessee’s Emergency Management Agency reported three deaths in the northwest part of the state.
In northeastern Arkansas, at least two people were reported dead at a nursing home in Monette. There were reports of heavy damage surrounding the Monette area as well.
The Associated Press and ABC News contributed information to this story
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