Schools dismissing early in South Carolina

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Savannah-Chatham County Public School System spokeswoman Sheila Blanco said all SCCPSS schools dismissed at the regularly scheduled time, but all after-school activities and athletic events were canceled.

"Destructive and long-track tornadoes will be possible, along with hail up to the size of baseballs, and damaging straight line winds", the weather service said.

Forecasters said some of these storms may be severe, producing tornadoes, damaging straight line winds, and large hail.

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Current weather conditions are similar to those that produced the 1998 tornadoes as well as the 1974 supercell that caused widespread tornadoes throughout the country. The system will move through by daybreak on Thursday, with windy and chilly weather settling in for the next few days.

The Federal Aviation Administration temporarily halted flights to Atlanta's airport because of storms.

The thunderstorms are likely to increase in coverage and intensity Thursday morning.

In Alabama, Gov. Robert Bentley has declared a State of Emergency that will last until severe weather expected to hit the state Wednesday subsides.

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TRUSSVILLE -The National Weather Service in Birmingham has issued a hazardous weather outlook for Jefferson and St. Clair counties for Wednesday as several waves of potentially severe weather will make its way across Alabama.

Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia and SC faced a heightened chance of tornadoes and potential flash flooding during the day.

Two area school districts - the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools and Camden County Schools - have announced they'll be operating on a two-hour delay Thursday morning because of the anticipated severe weather. A round of severe storms will be possible during the early evening hours. Our severe weather window is from 2-10 p.m.

Six Flags Over Georgia was closed for the day and, in Augusta, the Masters Par-3 Contest - the traditional kick-off of the major golf tournament - was facing postponement due to the storms.

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