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Chattahoochee Valley weather: Tornado watch in Columbus

A tornado watch was just issued for Muscogee, Chattahoochee, Marion, Stewart and Webster counties in Georgia and Lee and Russell counties in Alabama. It'll remain in effect until 3 p.m. EDT/2 p.m. CDT.

This means the conditions are favorable for the development of severe weather, including tornadoes, though none have been spotted yet. The National Weather Service says Doppler radar indicated a strong thunderstorm in the Benning Hills area.

The primary hazards from the storm will be large hail, damaging winds, tornadoes, cloud to ground lightning and heavy rain. Pea-sized hail has been reported. Winds could reach 35 mph.

It'll be muggy, cloudy and warm today, with a high temperature near 68 degrees. There's a 60 percent chance of rain and new rainfall could amount between a quarter and half of an inch.

Tonight expect showers and thunderstorms likely before 2 a.m. Some of the storms could be severe. It'll be mostly cloudy, with a low around 57. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

Friday expect mostly sunny skies, with a high near 70 degrees.

Friday night the low temperature will be around 45 degrees.

Here's the rest of the weekend:

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 79. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph.

Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 55.

Sunday: A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 75.

To check the weather online for this area log on to: http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Columbus&state=GA&site=FFC&textField1=32.5107&textField2=-84.875&e=0

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