Wind speeds will continue to increase, but are expected to diminish after sunset. Winds around 20 mph, with gusts up to 35 mph, may knock down trees or take out limbs.
Trees were reported down Friday afternoon at Luckie Street and West Avenue in Cartersville. The falling tree took out power lines and landed on a car, according to Cartersville Fire Department. Cartersville Public Works said the incident was the only one they were advised of. Bartow County Fire Department Station 1 said no trees had been reported down in the county by 3 p.m.
Destructive storms that tore across the country's midsection left at least nine people dead after smashing uprooted trees into homes in Arkansas and ripping apart the only school in one tiny Oklahoma town, officials said Friday.
A tornado swept through Tushka in southeast Oklahoma late Thursday, killing two sisters in their 70s, Salvation Army Capt. Ric Swartz said.
The tornado also injured at least 25 people as it ground through the town of 350 residents, said Gilbert Wilson, Atoka County's emergency management director. He said witnesses reported seeing two tornadoes that merged to form a single twister. The National Weather Service confirmed a single tornado hit the area.
That system is expected to arrive later today, bringing damaging winds and frequent lightning. Radar showed the outer edge of the storm pushing into the northwest region of the state just before 3 p.m.
Large hail and isolated tornadoes are possible, according to the NWS. The threat will enter northwest Georgia about 8 p.m. and continue overnight.
-- The Associated Press contributed to this report.