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Tornado Touches Down in GeorgiaAired January 19, 2001 - 1:17 p.m. ET
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LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: We understand a tornado has touched down in Georgia, so we're going to check on that story right now.
NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: All right; there have been tornado watches throughout the South today.
Let's bring in Orelon Sidney.
ORELON SIDNEY, CNN METEOROLOGIST: That's right, it is a very dangerous situation in parts of central Georgia. We have a tornado warning that just expired for Crawford County in central Georgia. A tornado was confirmed by a spotter 10 miles southwest of Butler and the warning was just over about two minutes ago.
What I've got here is a couple of different radar images. This is your regular reflectivity -- this is what you always see on the television; and this is the area of strongest thunderstorms. There's one cell, right here, with very high tops on it. It does show some rotation, so this is probably the storm that we are talking about.
Moving off to the northeast -- at least the individual thunderstorm is, at about 35 miles an hour -- showing up here on the Doppler Radar you're noticing lots of red and yellow and then there's a little bit of -- you can see kind of a little pip of yellow right in here, and that's an indication of rotation in that particular storm.
I'm going to switch over to another image real quickly. This is where we're looking for potentially severe thunderstorms all day long today, and it does look like that potential will be with us, as we have numerous warning and watches. Here is a tornado watch that's effect for parts of central and southern Georgia. That line of thunderstorms continuing to move off to the east; and a chance of severe thunderstorms extends down into the Florida panhandle.
A new warning -- a new watch, rather, has just come out, so I'll be getting that on the air as quickly as possible. This whole storm system will continue pushing off to the east, so as the afternoon goes on, your chances for severe thunderstorms will increase towards the East.
Lots of moisture is continuing to feed into a low-pressure storm that's back to the West. The dew points are in the 60s; the temperature are in the 60s and this is a very dangerous situation. There is an unconfirmed report of a potential fatality in Clayton County Georgia -- that would be around Fort Gillem. That is unconfirmed at this point; I haven't seen any storm reports that confirm that there have been any casualties, but I'll certainly be watching throughout the afternoon as this situation unfolds -- potentially dangerous situation for you in north Florida and southern and central Georgia -- Lou, Natalie.
ALLEN: All right; I don't think I'm going to take that drive to the coast I was planning this afternoon.
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