ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The WALB First Alert Weather Team has declared Friday a First Alert Weather Day.
Severe storms developed in the morning hours Friday and swept through South Georgia into the early afternoon.
A tornado warning was issued for Thomas and Grady counties about 9:10 a.m., but has since expired.
About 300 people, most who are Grady EMC and Georgia Power customers, are without power in Coolidge, according to Thomas County Emergency Management Agency.
Sumter EMC reports that as many as 10,000 customers have lost power between Leesburg and Buena Vista.
Mitchell EMC also reports outages north of Camilla. In the Albany area, Doublegate subdivision, Foxworth subdivision, Canuga subdivision, and Creekside Drive are also affected.
A few downed trees, some on power lines, were reported in Thomasville, EMA officials said.
Hart’s Mills Road between Salem Road and the Pavo city limits will be closed because of power lines down from the storm, Thomas County EMA officials said.
A tree blew down in Worth County, at GA Highway 112 and McCarty Road, blocking one lane of traffic. Another tree in Worth County, located on Douthit Road, is blocking one lane of traffic.
A tree has been reported to have fallen on a house in Brooks County.
Both lanes on Big Creek Road in Irwin County are blocked by a tree, according to the Irwin County Sheriff’s Office Twitter.
A tree was down in Crisp County but was cleaned up.
A transformer was on the ground on fire in Bainbridge, according to the Bainbridge Public Safety’s Facebook page.
Strong to severe storms arrive right in time for the morning commute in Albany and move across the I-75 corridor by midday. There’s a slight risk of severe storms. 15% chance of damaging wind and 5% chance of an isolated tornado.
The threat begins around 5 a.m.-7 a.m. along the Hwy 27 Corridor, 7 a.m.-9 a.m. to the Flint River including Albany. 9 a.m.-11 a.m. to the Highway 319 corridor. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. along I-75 eastward.
Scattered showers and thunderstorms continue into this afternoon, but are not expected to be severe. Winds will blow to 30 mph. Much cooler air comes Tonight.
If you have to travel, make sure to check the weather conditions, watches, warnings and advisories before venturing out the door.
Review your severe weather plan and know what you should do if a severe storm or tornado is near you.
If you don’t feel comfortable riding out a storm where you live, make a plan regarding when you would leave your home and where you would go.
It’s crucial to be in an interior portion of your house away from windows during severe weather. If you’re outside for whatever reason, get to shelter immediately. You should also secure or move your outdoor furniture inside so it doesn’t get blown into other buildings causing more damage.
You also need to have an emergency kit ready with a flashlight, bottled water, prepackaged food, a first aid kit and perhaps a portable battery charger for cell phones or other electronic devices.
Below is a list of Albany radio stations that provide weather updates:
WALG 1590 AM broadcasts WALB news and weather, as does WNUQ, Nash Icon 102.1 FM.
NASH FM 104.5 WKAK airs WALB’s meteorologist forecasts.