ATLANTA (AP) - The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for areas of northwest Georgia.
The warning covers Bartow, Polk and Paulding counties, and expires at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Forecasters say a possible tornado has been spotted near Braswell and was moving northeast at about 40 mph.
Forecasters say damaging winds are a significant threat as storms move across Georgia. Tornado watches have been issued for other parts of northwest Georgia - including the metro Atlanta region - and are in effect until 11 p.m.
Meteorologists say rainfall amounts could be heavy, especially across parts of the north and central Georgia, where widespread areas of up to 2 inches of rain are expected.
The storm is part of a system that downed trees in and knocked out power in Alabama.