JACKSONVILLE, Ala. – The Latest on the storms and damage across the Southeast (all times are local):
Forecasters say a storm system that battered Alabama and Georgia threatens a large part of the Florida and coastal communities in Georgia and south Carolina.
The national Storm Prediction Center says much of north Florida and the entire Georgia and South Carolina coasts will be on an “enhanced” risk for severe storms, which can be harmful for the wind, large hail and a few tornadoes.
A small part of the North Carolina coastline is also included in the area that is most likely to see severe weather.
The area most at risk is heavily populated, with more than 10 million people in Florida and large cities such as Jacksonville, Tampa and Orlando; Savannah, Georgia; and Charleston, South Carolina.
Forecasters said storms could hit some communities Tuesday morning, and others Tuesday afternoon and evening.
Thousands of Georgians are without power and homes were heavily damaged southwest of Atlanta after a storm hit late Monday and Tuesday morning.
The National Weather Service said it would send survey crews from the Georgia city of Haralson and south Fulton County is to investigate whether tornadoes caused the damage.
In Haralson, approximately 40 miles (64 km) southwest of Atlanta, the Haralson County School District said schools would be closed Tuesday due to storm damage “in our community.”
Much of the damage in Fulton County in Fairburn, about 20 miles (32 km) southwest of Atlanta.
Georgia Power reported about 8,000 customers without power Tuesday morning, with more than 2,000 of them in the Haralson area. Separately, Georgia’s electric cooperatives said the power was interrupted for 13,000 customers.
The National Weather Service says crews are assessing storm damage in Alabama after a night of severe weather.
The weather service office in Birmingham tweets that the two teams were Tuesday morning surveying damage in east Alabama including Jacksonville. Homes, businesses, and the campus of Jacksonville State University were affected.
The weather service office in Huntsville, has three teams from the check on damage. Possible tornadoes and large hail caused damage.
Only a few injuries have been reported.
Forecasters say it is going to be a tough day for cleaning up. Highs are predicted in the lower 50s, and wind gusts as strong as 30 km / h are likely, along with the rain. Dense fog enveloped some areas at the dawn of the day.
Alabama Power Co. says more than 9,000 homes and businesses without power.
Severe overnight storms have blown through Alabama, where authorities in Jacksonville say different shelters are opened, local schools are closed and more help is needed at a university where storms caused major damage.
The Calhoun County Emergency Management Office said that the work social workers in the storm damaged areas after the powerful storms hit Jacksonville State University and nearby areas.
The officials of the School said large damage to the roof of the school’s 3,500-seat colosseum. Trees and power lines are down, and school officials are advising people to avoid travelling in the vicinity of the campus.
Authorities said Calhoun County public schools and at least three private schools in the region would be closed Tuesday because of storm damage.
The storms were part of a large system that prompted tornado warnings on Monday in Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia.
The governor of Alabama says there has been significant damage in parts of Alabama.
Gov. Kay said Ivey resources of the state were sent to the affected areas, especially in Jacksonville and Calhoun County, in her statement Monday night.
She added, “Our first priority is to ensure that our people are safe. Stay out of the affected areas and allow emergency workers to do their work.”
Alabama Power Co. is reporting about 15,000 homes and businesses without power in areas including Calhoun and Etowah county.