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FIRST ALERT: Severe weather outbreak heads for Georgia

(Source: National Weather Service) (Source: National Weather Service)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Strong to severe storms are expected in parts of South Georgia overnight Tuesday into Wednesday, with a 15 percent chance of tornadoes.

Winds in excess of 60 mph and large hail may accompany these rotating supercell thunderstorms.

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The greatest threat will move across the state line from Alabama around Midnight, and to Highway 19 between 3 a.m. to 5 a.m., including Albany, Americus, Leesburg, Camilla, Cairo and Cordele.

Meteorologists say if there are tornadoes, some could be long-lived and strong, reaching up to EF-3 status.

Storms are expected to weaken some from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. as they move across the Highway 319 corridor. Cities and towns that could be affected include Thomasville, Moultrie, Sylvester, Tifton, Ashburn, Fitzgerald and Ocilla.

From 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. the eastern counties will be dealing with storms to a lesser degree. That includes Valdosta, Homerville, Pearson and Douglas.  

Experts warn that damage will be expected with these stronger thunderstorms.

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