by Robin Kemp

At 12 p.m. on Thursday January 1, a line of strong storms is heading towards the Southern Crescent, bringing with it the potential for tornados, according to the National Weather Service. 11 Alive said it is closely watching Griffin and Irondale.

Stay tuned to your local broadcast TV and radio stations and your NOAA Weather Radio.

Download the Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services ReadyClayton app to your phone for county-specific emergency information.

WARNING: Do not rely solely on phone apps and websites–including The Clayton Crescent–for severe weather alerts in case your service or electricity goes out. Always have a backup radio that can receive broadcast signals (AM, FM, weather, shortwave) and batteries or a power source as part of your emergency kit.

The NWS issued this Hazardous Weather Outlook:

This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for North and Central Georgia.

.DAY ONE...This afternoon and Tonight...

Showers and a few thunderstorms will move across parts of north and much of central Georgia this afternoon. There is a risk for a few strong to severe thunderstorms capable of producing damaging winds and even a brief tornado. Locally heavy rain will also elevate the flood risk for low-lying and poor drainage areas. The severe threat should end west to east by early this evening.

Stay weather aware and see the latest information from the NWS office in Peachtree City here:

https://www.weather.gov/ffc/