ATLANTA -- After one round of severe weather and tornadoes on Monday that left damage across the metro area, Georgians are bracing for another round of strong storms expected to move through Wednesday.

The Storm Prediction Center has upgraded much of north and central Georgia -- including metro Atlanta -- to a Moderate Risk area for severe weather on Wednesday. That level of risk is a 4 out of 5, according to the NWS risk categories. 

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11Alive StormTracker and meteorologist Chris Holcomb says to watch for three waves of severe storms hitting Georgia on Wednesday -- with the first hitting the state as early as 8 or 9 a.m. Look for the second wave to get here around lunch time, and the third wave to move through in the late afternoon or early evening hours.

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The main threats are going to be damaging winds of more than 70 mph, large hail, frequent lightning, and significant long-track tornadoes.

The expected severe weather has already led some school officials in the south metro area to scrap classes. The following schools have listed closures for April 5:

  • Griffin-Spalding County School System
  • Putnam County Schools (all schools will release students early)
  • Meriwether County Schools
  • Haralson County Schools 
  • University of West Georgia (daytime classes)
  • Atlanta Public Schools Spring Break Academy
  • Rome City Schools closed, all activities cancelled

This story will be updated if more schools announce closings.

LIST | School closings

Photos | Severe storm damage 4.3.17