After multiple tornadoes slammed the U.S Midwest, killing at least 36 people and destroying homes, a new tornado watch has been issued for parts of Georgia and Florida, the National Weather Service reported.
The tornado watch indicates that there are favorable conditions for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms. The watch is effective until Saturday local time and includes warnings of hail reaching up to one inch in diameter in the South Georgia and North Florida areas.
The following areas are within the tornado watch zone:
Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Duval, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Nassau Suwannee and Union.
In Georgia: Charlton, Clinch, Echols, Ware, Fernandina Beach, Folkston, Gainesville, Green Cover Springs, Homerville, Jacksonville, Jasper, Lake Butler, Lake City, Live Oak, MacClenny, St Marys, Starke, Statenville, Trenton and Waycross.
On Friday night severe thunderstorms damaged homes in northwest Georgia and left hundreds without power in metro Atlanta, but no deaths were reported.
Georgia Power said about 2,700 customers statewide were without electricity Saturday. That included blackouts to about 1,500 customers in Eatonton in middle Georgia, Fox News Reported.
The tornado warning comes after a set of twisters spawned by massive thunderstorms splintered blocks of homes, damaged a prison and schools and tossed around vehicles like toys across the region, leaving 18 people dead in Kentucky, 14 in neighboring Indiana, three more in Ohio, and one in Alabama, officials said.
We're not unfamiliar with Mother Nature's wrath out here in Indiana, Governor Mitch Daniels told CNN during a visit to the stricken southeast corner of the state.
But this is about as serious as we've seen in the years since I've been in this job, he added.
The latest weather warning issued by the National Weather Service says, The storm system associated with the major severe weather outbreak yesterday is now bringing strong damaging winds over the western Great Lakes region. High Wind Warnings and Advisories are in effect downwind of the western Great Lakes through late this evening. Gale Warnings are also in effect over Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. Meanwhile, a Slight Risk of severe weather remains for parts of the Southeast.
For more details visit the National Weather Service Website.