Reports: Damaging storms hit Jacksonville, Alabama, as severe weather threat shifts into Georgia and Florida

By Kevin Byrne, AccuWeather staff writer
By Brian Lada, AccuWeather meteorologist and staff writer
March 20, 2018, 6:10:30 AM EDT

This story is no longer being updated as of 3:30 a.m. EDT Tuesday.

Severe thunderstorms will threaten lives and property in parts of the southeastern United States into Tuesday in one of the first severe weather outbreaks of the year.

The first severe storms began to develop early Monday afternoon and will continue to impact the region into Tuesday.

The greatest risk of severe weather during Monday night is expected across northern Alabama into central Georgia.

The main threats that these storms could produce are isolated tornadoes, flash flooding, damaging winds and hail. Residents should seek shelter and head indoors at the first sign of thunder.

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3:15 a.m. EDT Tuesday:

Numerous power outages have been reported in the northwestern suburbs of Atlanta, and the power still remains out in many spots.

2:05 a.m. EDT Tuesday:

Tree damage is being reported near Atlanta after severe thunderstorms ripped through the area late Monday evening.

1:50 a.m. EDT Tuesday:

Severe storms are bearing down on Augusta, Georgia, and surrounding communities. These storms produced heavy rainfall, frequent lightning and gusty winds across north-central Georgia as they pushed through the area.

Augusta Severe Radar

1:20 a.m. EDT Tuesday:

Several animals have been displaced and are missing following the tornado in Jacksonville, Alabama, on Monday evening.

12:45 a.m. EDT Tuesday:

Storms have moved to the south and east of Atlanta, ending the threat of damaging wind gusts and hail in the city. Although the storms are beginning to weaken, additional incidents of gusty winds and small hail are possible in east-central Georgia over the next one to two hours.

Southeast U.S. Weather Radar

12:20 a.m. EDT Tuesday:

Damage reports continue to grow in Jacksonville, Alabama, and on campus at Jacksonville State University following tornado-producing thunderstorms that ripped through the area on Monday evening.

12:00 a.m. EDT Tuesday:

Several schools near Jacksonville, Alabama, have been closed on Tuesday following significant damage from Monday's storms. A confirmed tornado carved a path of destruction through the area on Monday evening.

11:40 p.m. EDT Monday:

Although thunderstorms have ended in Jacksonville, Alabama, major damage has been left behind in the wake of the storms.

11:30 p.m. EDT Monday:

Severe thunderstorms have raced through Atlanta and will push through the city's southern and eastern suburbs by 12:00 a.m. EDT Tuesday. Residents in the path of these storms should seek shelter indoors and away from windows immediately.

11:15 p.m. EDT Monday:

The line of severe thunderstorms is moving through Atlanta. A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for the city and surrounding areas. Wind gusts of 60 mph and large hail threaten to damage homes, vehicles and trees.

10:30 p.m. EDT Monday:

Major damage is being reported in Jacksonville, Alabama. The tornado-producing thunderstorms have moved east of the town, but lingering storms continue to bring rain and lightning.

10:20 p.m. EDT Monday:

Injuries are being reported in Jacksonville, Alabama, after two confirmed tornadoes hit the town.

10 p.m. EDT Monday:

A confirmed tornado is near the border of Alabama and Georgia and is tracking toward Buchanan, Georgia. This is a particularly dangerous situation. People in this area need to take cover immediately.

9:55 p.m. EDT Monday:

A severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado is headed toward Jacksonville, Alabama. This is moving into Jacksonville right on the heals of another storm that produced a tornado near the town moments ago.

9:26 p.m. EDT Monday:

Damage has been reported in Ardmore, Alabama, after a confirmed tornado tracked near the town late Wednesday afternoon. Several roads are closed around the area in the wake of the storm, according to Limestone County Sheriff's Office.

At this time, there have been no reports of injuries in Ardmore, Alabama.

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Damage in Ardmore, Alabama. (Photo/Limestone County Sheriff's Office)

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Damage in Ardmore, Alabama. (Photo/Limestone County Sheriff's Office)

9:20 p.m. EDT Monday:

A new tornado watch has been issued for parts of Georgia, including Atlanta, as severe thunderstorms continue to track eastward.

People across this area should make sure they have a way to receive alerts overnight if a severe thunderstorm is approaching.

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9:10 p.m. EDT Monday:

Major vehicle damage has occurred in Good Hope, Alabama, after a severe storm brought baseball-sized hail to the town.

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Damage in Good Hope, Alabama, after large hail fell across the town. (Photo/@xotic_illusions)

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Damage in Good Hope, Alabama, after large hail fell across the town. (Photo/@xotic_illusions)

8:36 p.m. EDT Monday:

Hail as large as tennis balls has been reported around Cullman, Alabama, after a severe thunderstorm moved over the town. Some vehicles outside were damaged as large hailstones fell from the sky.

Traffic has also been slow-moving on I-65 near Cullman in the wake of the severe storm.

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Hail larger than tennis balls in Cullman, Alabama. (Photo/Jessica Evans)

8:05 p.m. EDT Monday:

Damage has been reported near Russellville, Alabama, after a tornado-warned thunderstorm passed over the town. This includes roof damage to some structures in the town.

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A building in Russellville, Alabama is missing part of its roof after a severe thunderstorm moved overhead. (Photo/@GSMoore16)

7:45 p.m. EDT Monday:

A damaging, tornado-warned thunderstorm is impacting Falkville, Alabama. Winds associated with this storm were strong enough to blow over a large tree, according to AccuWeather Extreme Meteorologist Reed Timmer.

7:38 p.m. EDT Monday:

A severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado is near Elkmont, Alabama, and is tracking east toward Interstate 65. This may disrupt traffic along the highway as it passes overhead.

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6:59 p.m. EDT Monday:

Trees have been blown over around Russellville, Alabama, after severe storms moved through the area.

The same severe thunderstorm continues to track eastward and is approaching Moulton, Alabama.

6:41 p.m. EDT Monday:

A tornado just tracked near Russellville, Alabama, according to AccuWeather Extreme Meteorologist Reed Timmer. This is a dangerous tornado as it is wrapped in rain, making it difficult to see as it approaches.

The thunderstorm continues to track east toward Landersville, Alabama.

6:24 p.m. EDT Monday:

Emergency managers have confirmed a tornado near Red Bay, Alabama, that is moving east. People in the path of this storm need to take cover immediately.

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5:30 p.m. EDT Monday:

A severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado is near Marietta, Mississippi, and is tracking toward the east. Weather spotters near the storm reported a funnel cloud, according to the National Weather Service.

This storm may also produce large hail, damaging wind gusts and frequent lightning.

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4:25 p.m. EDT Monday:

The National Weather Service has issued a rare "Particularly Dangerous Situation" (PDS) tornado watch for portions of Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee. Intense, long-lived tornadoes are possible in this area, along with hail larger than baseballs and wind gusts over 65 mph.

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A few severe thunderstorms have already developed in Alabama, producing hail as large as golf balls.

Areas hit by these early thunderstorms may face a second round of severe thunderstorms later this afternoon or this evening as additional storms develop and track eastward across the region.

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Hail that fell in Meridianville, Ala., on Monday afternoon. (Photo/Stephanie Coggin)

2:40 p.m. EDT Monday:

A severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado has developed across northwestern Alabama and is heading toward Leighton, Alabama. This is the first tornado-warned thunderstorm of the afternoon.

1:30 p.m. EDT Monday:

Several schools across Alabama have announced early dismissals this afternoon due to the threat of severe weather.

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