Tropical Storm Andrea formed in the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday.(CNN) -- Tropical Storm Andrea formed in the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center has reported.
It's the first storm of the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season.
An Air Force reconnaissance aircraft found a well-defined circulation over the east-central Gulf, and advisories on Tropical Storm Andrea will start shortly, the center said.
The system has a high chance of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours.
According to WGXA's Chief Meteorologist Jeff Cox, the storm will bring rain to central Georgia. The bulk of the rain will fall Thursday evening into Friday morning and could total 2-4 inches before it ends.
Stay tuned to WGXA News for more information.
The National Weather Service says the deadly tornado that struck near Oklahoma City late last week was another top-of-the-scale EF5 that packed winds reaching 295 mph. The weather service also says the twister's 2.6-mile width is the widest ever recorded.NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - The National Weather Service says the deadly tornado that struck near Oklahoma City late last week was another top-of-the-scale EF5 that packed winds reaching 295 mph. The weather service also says the twister's 2.6-mile width is the widest ever recorded.
The weather service initially rated the Friday tornado that hit El Reno as an EF3. But the agency upgraded the ranking Tuesday after surveying damage. Eighteen people were killed in the tornado and subsequent flooding in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area.
The weather service says the El Reno tornado tops a 2.5-mile wide tornado that hit Hallam, Neb., in 2004.
The update means the Oklahoma City area has seen two extremely rare EF5 tornadoes in less than a month. The other hit Moore on May 20, killing 24 people.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is continuing its efforts to eradicate invasive flathead catfish from the Satilla River in southeast Georgia.WAYCROSS, Ga. (AP) - The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is continuing its efforts to eradicate invasive flathead catfish from the Satilla River in southeast Georgia.
Tim Bonvechio has headed up the Waycross-based flathead eradication project since its inception in 2007.
His crews use electro-fishing equipment to stun flatheads, then scoop them up as they float to the surface. He said most are hauled to a landfill, and a small number are sent to the Okefenokee Swamp Park to feed the alligators.
The Florida Times-Union reports that flatheads, desired by fishermen because they potentially can grow into the 100-pound range, were introduced into the Satilla in the 1990s, likely by a fisherman.
However, the voracious eaters flourished and soon began to pose a threat to the fish the Satilla is famous for, the redbreast sunfish.
Information from: The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union, http://www.jacksonville.com
Georgia Power crews spent part of their Monday night restoring power to the Wimbish Road area in Macon.Georgia Power crews spent part of their Monday night restoring power to the Wimbish Road area in Macon.
A downed tree took out several power lines according to scanner traffic from the Bibb County Sheriff's Office. It also forced Coliseum Northside Hospital to operate on generators.
Once Macon-Bibb FIre Department officials got on scene, Georgia Power was immediately notified.
One viewer posted on the WGXA News Facebook page that Georgia Power is estimating it may be 3-4 a.m. before power is fully restored.
According to Chief Meteorologist Jeff Cox, there were no storms in the area at the time of the outage, but saturated ground from recent rain likely contributed to the tree falling.
Lightning strikes led to fires in two homes in Atlanta's northeast suburbs, destroying a house in Suwanee and heavily damaging another one in Lawrenceville.SUWANEE, Ga. (AP) - Lightning strikes led to fires in two homes in Atlanta's northeast suburbs, destroying a house in Suwanee and heavily damaging another one in Lawrenceville.
In Suwanee, Gwinnett County firefighters found flames and smoke shooting from the roof of a home on Deville Circle around 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Investigators determined that lightning struck the roof, igniting an intense attic fire.
In Lawrenceville, firefighters were dispatched to a fire on Homewood Drive around 7:47 p.m. Sunday. Investigators determined that lightning may have run inside the house through an electrical service line and ignited a fire in the basement. The blaze then spread to the second floor and attic of the home on Farmwood Drive.
No injuries were reported in either of the fires.
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