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WW 217 TORNADO AL GA 091350Z - 092100Z
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URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
Tornado Watch Number 217
NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK
950 AM EDT Thu May 9 2024

The NWS Storm Prediction Center has issued a

* Tornado Watch for portions of 
  Central and Eastern Alabama
  Central Georgia

* Effective this Thursday morning and afternoon from 950 AM until
  500 PM EDT.

* Primary threats include...
  A couple tornadoes possible
  Widespread damaging wind gusts to 70 mph likely
  Scattered large hail likely with isolated very large hail events
    to 2 inches in diameter possible

SUMMARY...Bands of strong to severe storms will likely continue to
push east-southeast across the Watch area through the early to mid
afternoon.  A few supercells are possible ahead of the main
thunderstorm bands and will also pose a severe risk, including the
threat for tornadoes and large hail.  Damaging gusts will be the
primary hazard with the thunderstorm bands, but a tornado may also
accompany any embedded stronger circulations within the line.

The tornado watch area is approximately along and 50 statute miles
north and south of a line from 30 miles south southwest of
Tuscaloosa AL to 15 miles east northeast of Vidalia GA. For a
complete depiction of the watch see the associated watch outline
update (WOUS64 KWNS WOU7).

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

REMEMBER...A Tornado Watch means conditions are favorable for
tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch
area. Persons in these areas should be on the lookout for
threatening weather conditions and listen for later statements
and possible warnings.

&&

OTHER WATCH INFORMATION...CONTINUE...WW 215...WW 216...

AVIATION...Tornadoes and a few severe thunderstorms with hail
surface and aloft to 2 inches. Extreme turbulence and surface wind
gusts to 60 knots. A few cumulonimbi with maximum tops to 500. Mean
storm motion vector 26035.

...Smith

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