Dangerous weather is possible Tuesday morning as a line of storms sweeps across the region.
According to Bulloch County Public Safety Director Ted Wynn: "Atmospheric conditions ... support a slight risk of severe thunderstorms as a strong upper level jet stream enhances a strong cold front. The line of thunderstorms should move into the western fringes of our area of concern, between 6 and 10 a.m."
The front will move steadily across the area from west to east today, impacting the region until it moves into the Atlantic Ocean between 3 and 7 p.m., he said.
The storm system might bring potentially damaging thunderstorms, including isolated severe thunderstorms.
The line of bad weather is expected to reach cities including Reidsville, Metter, and Millen from 6 to 11 a.m. and Claxton, Statesboro and Sylvania from 7 to 11 a.m., he said.
"The biggest threat will be from damaging straight-line winds in excess of 60 miles per hour," Wynn said. "This could cause a few trees to be blown down as well as some lighter objects being picked up and tossed ...causing damage. Widely scattered power outages are also possible due to downed power lines."
Isolated tornadoes are possible, as well as hail, but the main danger is posed by damaging wind gusts. Citizens should expect possible severe thunderstorm or tornado watches to be issued and should monitor weather sources for updates, he said.
The National Weather Service forecast for Statesboro calls for a chance of showers and thunderstorms with a low around 65 and winds of 7-10 mp early Tuesday. Showers and possibly a thunderstorm are predicted before 11 a.m., with more showers and thunderstorms after that and a high near 72. Winds are expected at 8-18 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph in the afternoon. The chance of precipitation is 100 percent, and new rainfall amounts of ¾-inch to 1 inch are possible.
Tuesday night, the chance of showers continues early, mainly before 7 p.m., with the low dropping down overnight to around 39 under mostly clear skies with winds of 13-15 mph, according to the weather service.
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9431.