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Georgia under flood watch as thunderstorms move into state; tornado watch covers some counties


ATLANTA — Thunderstorms are flooding some streets and highways in south Georgia, while residents in the northwest part of the state are cleaning up downed trees and branches.

Most of Georgia is under a flood watch as Christmas Eve thunderstorms continue across the state.

More than 50 counties in south Georgia early Wednesday morning were under a tornado watch, though no twisters had been reported.

In Crisp County, about 140 miles south of Atlanta, the National Weather Service estimated that up to 3 inches of rain had fallen with more expected, prompting them to issue a flash flood warning Wednesday morning.

In northwest Georgia, emergency managers were reporting trees and power lines down in Whitfield and Murray counties.

In Mississippi, four people were killed in storms and as many as 50 people were hurt.

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