Weather Alert: Significant Weather Advisory issued

Update:

The National Weather Service has issued a Significant Weather Advisory for several counties in the local area, including Walton, Southeastern Barrow, Southeastern Gwinnett and Northwestern Oconee counties until 3:45 p.m. on Friday, July 7, 2017. A strong thunderstorm was over Loganville moving east at 30 mph. Expect winds up to 40 mph, frequent cloud to ground lightning and heavy rain. Some locations in the storm’s path include Monroe, Loganville, Grayson, Statham, Bethlehem, Between, Good Hope, Bold Springs, Windsor, Nicholasville, Youth, Pannell, Campton and Gratis.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… PEOPLE OUTDOORS SHOULD SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY. IF YOU CAN HEAR THUNDER… YOU ARE CLOSE ENOUGH TO BE STRUCK BY LIGHTNING. MOTORISTS SHOULD SLOW DOWN AND BE PREPARED FOR POSSIBLE LOSS OF CONTROL DUE TO HYDROPLANING. WIND… 40MPH

Initial Story

The National Weather Services is warning of the possibility of scattered to numerous thunderstorms over portions of north and central Georgia Thursday, July 6, 2017, during the afternoon and evening hours. This area includes Gwinnett, Walton and surrounding areas. There are currently no watches or warnings in the local area, but those could come up in the next few hours.

According to the NWS, scattered to numerous thunderstorms can be expected over north and portions of central Georgia with a  few storms will be strong to severe from Atlanta to Athens and north. Main hazards will be strong to damaging wind gusts and frequent lightning. Also locally heavy rainfall also is possible.

There also is a chance of showers and thunderstorms each day for the next seven days, mostly in the afternoon and evening hours. A few could be strong to severe with gusty winds…frequent lightning and locally heavy rainfall as the main hazards. Brief localized flooding of poor drainage areas will also be possible.

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