Summer storms could be strong or severe this week

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MACON, Georgia. (41NBC/WMGT) – As tropical moisture continues to flow in from the Gulf of Mexico, the chance for rain will exist each afternoon this week.

Adding sunshine to the already moist atmosphere will create enough instability to allow showers and thunderstorms to develop.

Some of these storms could turn strong or even severe. The main threats will be:

  1. damaging wind gusts (around 60 mph)
  2. small hail (quarter sized)
  3. frequent lightning
  4. heavy rain

Any rain that occurs in Middle Georgia this week will help cool temperatures from the 90’s.

However, it will still be extremely humid before and after the storms. Factoring in the humidity, it will feel like 100-104 degrees each day.

Beat the heat and follow these safety tips:

  • Avoid strenuous activity, if you can
  • Wear light-weight and light colored clothing
  • Stay hydrated, drink water
  • Wear sunscreen and apply it regularly
  • Take breaks in the shade or inside
  • Never leave people or pets inside vehicles
  • Check on your neighbors, especially the elderly

Connect with Meteorologist Kristen Kennedy on Facebook and Twitter for weather updates throughout the day. You can also watch her forecasts Monday through Friday on 41NBC News at Daybreak (5-7 a.m.) and 41Today (11 a.m.).

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  Kristen Kennedy joined the 41NBC First Alert Storm Team in May 2016. Kristen is not new to the state of Georgia - she was born and raised in Roswell, just north of Atlanta. Kristen developed a passion for weather at an early age - as early as the third grade! Her excitement and interest in meteorology continued throughout her years of higher education. Kristen graduated Summa Cum Laude from Mississippi State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Geosciences, concentrating in Professional Meteorology with Broadcast Emphasis. She also has a minor in Broadcast Communications. In college, Kristen was a member of the broadcast meteorology program's Campus Connect Forecast where she produced and recorded forecasts weekly, reported weather hits for radio, wrote forecast updates for the student newspaper and worked extensively on social media. She also won 2nd Place in the College Mississippi Associated Press Broadcasters awards banquet for the Best College Weathercast. Aside from her time forecasting the weather in college, Kristen also interned at WSB-TV, a local news station in Atlanta, during the summer of 2015. When she's not monitoring weather conditions, Kristen is probably talking or watching sports. She grew up watching her brothers play and even got involved in a few sports herself. Kristen loves college football, though she is biased towards the SEC. She notes that Saturdays down south in the fall are arguably some of the best days of the year. She has always been an Atlanta Braves fan, and she also enjoys watching the Atlanta Falcons and the Atlanta Hawks battle it out against their opponents. Kristen also loves the outdoors and exploring new locations to hammock with a view. She constantly has an eye to the sky, and eagerly awaits sunset each day - hoping for a colorful sky to capture with her camera. She is excited to finally experience some beautiful sunrises now that she's working the morning side of the day. You can catch Kristen's forecasts daily on 41 Daybreak from 5-7 AM and on 41 Today at 11 AM.