Tornado watch over region

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A tornado watch is in effect for several area counties including Richmond, Burke, Jenkins and Screven counties.

The tornado watch will last until 8 p.m., emergency officials said.

Also, heavy rainfall might produce minor flooding in low-lying areas and poor drainage areas.

Heavy showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop ahead of a cold front moving through the Southeast today.

There is also potential of hail and damaging winds.

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