WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Severe storms likely today

Mangum said a downed tree on Georgia Highway 11 had to be moved.

The weather also affected the Masters golf tournament, where officials suspended practice rounds about 10 a.m. Patrons were evacuated because of the storm. "If you are out driving when a warning is issued, we encourage the public to seek shelter in the closest sturdy building immediately", Moore said.

Three weather radars maintained by the U.S. Defense Department were not operable Wednesday in the Southeast where several tornadoes touched down. Similar scenes played out in spots around Alabama and SC amid drenching rain, high winds and scattered hail.

The threat of strong winds, hail and isolated tornadoes prompted several area school systems to delay the start of classes.

Temperatures were rising quickly south of the front with 70s reported across south-central and south Alabama.

A possible tornado caused damage in Missouri. The tornado risk associated with these storms is low though.

Channel 2's Tom Regan was in Carrollton, where the National Weather Service confirmed Tuesday that an EF-1 tornado slammed the area on Monday, with winds of 90 miles per hour knocking down trees, damaging houses and blowing the roof off a fire station.

Alabama's governor declared a state of emergency because of the threat and multiple schools closed.

The Federal Aviation Administration temporarily halted flights to Atlanta's airport because of storms.

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Hail up to the size of pennies was reported in Mount Pleasant, according to the Weather Service. And a child was injured when a tree fell on the family house in Latta, in eastern SC near Florence, the National Weather Service said.

Storms on Sunday and Monday killed five people, including a MS woman who desperately tried to direct rescuers to her sinking vehicle after it skidded into a rain-swollen creek. One person was taken to a hospital with a possible broken ankle, but no deaths or serious injuries were reported.

The tornado watch, which indicated that conditions are favorable for the formation of tornadoes, will last from 6:50 a.m. until noon. The amount of sunshine and warm air we get after the first round will determine how much severe weather we receive this afternoon and evening. Despite it being the middle of the night with no sunshine to force storm formation the atmospheric dynamics will be strong enough to overcome that limitation.

Minton said even in between storms, do not let your guard down in terms of being weather aware.

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