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On Sunday December 2, 2018, severe thunderstorms developed over South Georgia during the early afternoon hours. A moist and unstable airmass was in place ahead of a strong cold frontal boundary draping southward towards the Gulf coast from a developing surface low centered over northern Illinois. This low pressure system was supported by a strong positively tilted mid level trough over the mid and lower Mississippi Valley with strong shortwave energy rounding the base of the trough along the gulf coast. An initial line of severe thunderstorms moving eastward across southeast Georgia during the late morning hours developed another line of thunderstorms behind it. This new line gained characteristics of a Quasi Linear Convective System and pushed east from Tifton towards Waycross during the early afternoon. A brief QLCS tornado formed in Atkinson county 6 miles southeast of Willacoochee and 8 miles west of Pearson just south of Highway 82 that caused minor EF-0 damage to trees and then reformed just north and west of Pearson briefly, causing minor damage to a home.

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