Severe storms trigger tornadoes across Southeast, flash flooding in Charleston on Saturday

A handful of tornadoes were reported in Georgia and Alabama while flash flooding struck parts of South Carolina.

A potent storm system that has brought days of severe weather across the Gulf Coast was busy again Saturday, spawning a few tornadoes and triggering areas of flash flooding across the Southeast.

Tornado damage was limited to southern Alabama and Georgia, where several twisters touched down in rural communities. 

A confirmed Tornado Warning was issued in southern Georgia during the afternoon near Cogdell, according to the National Weather Service. And Coffee County, Georgia emergency managers said they’ve received several reports of a tornado touchdown earlier Saturday morning west of Brixton with some roof damage in the area.

Spotters near Ward Bridge, Alabama, reported trees down as radar confirmed a tornado signature at the time early Saturday morning. There are no reports of anyone being injured.

And at least one mobile home was destroyed and several were damaged in Brantley County, Georgia, after an EF-2 tornado moved through.

The National Weather Service in Jacksonville will be tasked with surveying damage reports in Southeast Georgia to determine how many tornadoes touched down.

Flash flooding reported in Charleston, South Carolina

In South Carolina, torrential rains combined with high tides triggered Flash Flooding Warnings in Charleston as storms brought nearly 2 inches of rain in three hours. 

"We’re starting to see high water levels on island roads," police in nearby Isle of Palms reported Saturday morning. "Many roads are not passable to small vehicles."

Similar stories were told in Charleston, where police reported over 20 roads closed in the downtown area Saturday morning due to heavy rain and high tide, while police in North Charleston also reported several flooded roads along with a toppled light pole. 

In addition to flooding, thunderstorms swept in wind gusts of 40-58 mph around town, blowing out several large windows at a downtown tire business, according to the National Weather Service.


But the flash flooding stretched beyond South Carolina. Spotters reported flash flooding and water covered roads in Cordele and Georgetown in Georgia and Geneva, Alabama. 

Overall, nearly two dozen Flash Flood Warnings were issued so far across the Southeast.