ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters say a tornado watch has been issued in parts of northwest Georgia and much of the central part of the state.

The National Weather Service says the watch has been issued until 1 a.m. with a high risk of risk of isolated tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and hail in northwest areas

The weather service says the most likely time for severe storms will last until Saturday morning.

The storms are expected to move into the rest of north Georgia and much of central Georgia later, during the remainder of Friday night.

The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., is predicting that Georgia's highest risk of tornadoes will likely be in the state's northwest corner. Metro Atlanta is also under the threat of severe storms and possible tornadoes.

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