Severe weather, tornadoes 'possible' tonight, tomorrow

From the National Weather Service

From the National Weather Service

ALBANY, Ga. — The National Weather Service has issued a bulletin stating Southwest Georgia, Southeast Alabama and Northwest Florida are most likely to see severe weather as an unusually strong front moves through the region.

According to the bulletin issued Monday, "an unusually strong upper level system for this time of year is poised to move across the Deep South over the next two days. This feature has already induced the formation of surface low pressure over the northwestern Gulf of Mexico. Thunderstorm activity has also increased in this area. The low will track northeast to Louisiana by this evening before getting absorbed by and approaching cold front. As the front and upper level system approach, wind fields will become increasingly favorable for the development of severe storms and tornadoes."

The area at the greatest risk for severe weather lies in an oval whose northern-most point reaches an area just south of Macon, and whose southernmost-tip ends just north of Panama City.

The best chance for severe weather for Southwest Georgia comes Tuesday morning, when forecasters predict a 15 percent chance of tornadic activity.

Deputy Dougherty Emergency Management Director Jim Vaught urged vigilance throughout the community.

"Just be aware and stay informed. Check the websites, get the updates on the news and sign up for Code Red if you haven't," Vaught said. "And listen for the sirens. If the sirens go off, don't go outside and try and see what's going on. Get in a secure place in your home."