The National Weather Service has issued an overnight tornado watch for the Columbus area.
Besides Muscogee, the watch is in effect until 9 a.m. EDT for these area Georgia counties: Chattahoochee, Harris, Marion, Meriwether, Schley, Talbot, Taylor, Troup, Coweta, Heard, Quitman, Sumter and Webster.
Forecasters earlier warned thunderstorms that could produce heavy downpours, high wind gusts and frequent lightning would move through the area tonight.
Here’s the forecast through the weekend:
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Occasional showers and thunderstorms overnight, mostly before 2 a.m., with a low of 67; a south-southwest wind 10 mph, gusting up to 20 mph, and a 50 percent chance of rain.
A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms Sunday, mostly before 8 a.m. Skies will be mostly cloudy, then gradually clear to sunny, with a high near 87, a west-southwest wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph and gusting up to 30 mph. Mostly clear Sunday night, with a low around 60, a west-southwest wind 5 to 10 mph, gusting up to 20 mph.