UPDATE: Troup County under tornado watch

Published 11:52 am Wednesday, June 14, 2023

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UPDATE at 12:21 P.M>: Troup County is under a tornado watch until 7 p.m. ET, per the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.

Another round of severe thunderstorms is expected in LaGrange and Troup County throughout the evening. The National Weather Service (NWS) in Peachtree City has not yet issued a tornado watch for the area but is monitoring the storm as it enters East Alabama.

NWS is anticipating a second round of severe storms to hit the LaGrange/Troup County area around 1-2 p.m. with another round later this evening.

“The exact timing is a little uncertain right now,” NWS Meteorologist Ansley Long said. “We’re really keeping a close eye right now on what’s going on in Alabama at this time because that’s going to kind of play a role and how things evolve over the next 24 hours.”

A tornado watch has been issued for Central Alabama up to the Georgia state line but so far no warning has been issued locally.

“We have not made those decisions yet. We will be monitoring kind of what evolves in the coming hours. [Storm Prediction Center] has not coordinated any kind of watch or warning with us at this time,” Long said.

Long said the thunderstorms today are expected to be capable of producing, damaging wind gusts of 60 miles per hour or greater. The storm could be seeing the potential for very large hail, particularly in the Troup County area.

“There is the potential for some isolated tornadoes. Some of those could be strong. So, we’ll be keeping an eye on that this afternoon and evening,” Long said.

NWS is anticipating several rounds of storms that will likely last through early tomorrow morning.