Storms likely to bring heavy wind, rain tonight

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City is alerting residents in Georgia of potential strong storms this evening.

While the primary area of concern is in northwest Georgia, storms with strong gusty winds and rain are possible in the Gwinnett area.

"Damaging wind gusts will be the primary weather hazard," the alert stated, "but an isolated tornado will also be possible."

This is part of the same system that produced at least one tornado in Illinois threatened some 53 million people across 10 Midwestern states on Sunday, U.S. weather officials said.

Tornado warnings were in effect for parts of Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri. Weather officials urged residents of areas with tornado warnings in place to take cover in interior, low-floor rooms of study buildings.

The NWS's Storm Prediction Center said the storm was moving dangerously fast, tracking eastward at 60 miles an hour.

"These storms will be moving very fast, approximately 60 miles an hour," said Russell Schneider of the Storm Prediction Center.

Thunderstorms are most likely to reach our area between 6 p.m. and 2 a.m.

No official warnings have been issued yet in Georgia.

Reuters News Service contributed to this report.