Tornado warning issued in Georgia as Tropical Storm Fred downgraded


A tornado watch was put in place Tuesday for parts of Georgia, even as Tropical Storm Fred was downgraded to a tropical depression after slamming into the Florida panhandle Monday.

The tornado watch applies to Atlanta and surrounding areas, Athens, and Macon as well as other areas in the central and north parts of the Peach State, according to the National Weather Service.

The warning — covering Oconee, Morgan and Walto, counties — will remain in effect until 1 p.m. Tuesday.

According to the National Hurricane Center, Fred was about 15 miles south of Columbus, Georgia, Tuesday morning, but the storm had weakened as it traveled north.

“Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 35 mph with higher gusts,” said the National Hurricane Center advisory.

Water pools along Alligator Drive in Alligator Point, Fla., as Tropical Storm Fred brings strong winds and rain to Florida’s Forgotten Coast on Aug. 16, 2021.
Tori Lynn Schneider/Tallahassee Democrat via AP

“Additional weakening is forecast during the next couple of days and Fred is expected to degenerate into a remnant low by tonight and merge with a frontal system on Wednesday.”

The NHC also said there is a threat of tornadoes in the western Carolinas, and southern Virginia on Tuesday, CNN reported.

Meteorologist Brian Monahan forecasted the weather would improve by Tuesday afternoon in the Peach State.

“The good news is it’s moving very quickly, so by this afternoon things are going to be a lot better across North Georgia,” Monahan said, according to The Atlanta Journal Constitution.

“For now, settle in for a stormy morning, the chance for a tornado warning anywhere at any time.”

Tropical Storm Fred made landfall Monday about 2 p.m. in the Florida Panhandle, where winds were as high as 65 mph.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Grace lashed Haiti Monday night, bringing heavy rain and strong winds to the country’s southwestern region — which was already devastated by Saturday’s earthquake and reeling from the assassination of its prime minister Jovenel Moïse.

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