Storms keep Walton County public safety officials busy

Walton County under a significant weather advisory until 5 p.m.

Storm clouds over Walton County on Monday, Aug. 3, 2020.
Photo credit: Darrell Everidge

Update: Another tree is down across Centerhill Church Road near Sharon Church Road, and another house has been struck by lightning on Centerhill Church Road in the same area as the first, according to Walton County Fire Rescue Assistant Chief Craig League. There is no fire reported at that lightning strike either.

Storms on Monday had crews from Walton County Fire Rescue responding to reports of lightning strikes and trees and power lines down all over the County. Criswell Road is now open after trees and power lines were removed from across the road.

Crews are now responding to a second home struck by lightning on Snows Mill Road in eastern Walton, in the area of Locklin Road. There were reports of a small fire the the garage but the homeowner believes the fire is out. An earlier lightning strike on a house on Gum Creek Lane fortunately did not spark a fire.

The County remains under a Significant Weather Advisory until 5 p.m. for several local and surrounding areas including Watkinsville, Athens, Bogart, North High Shoals, Bostwick, Bishop, Athens-Clarke County, Whitehall, James Holland Youth Sports Cmpx, Beechwood Hills, Sandy Creek Recreation Area, Oconee Heights, Wrayswood, Eastville, Barnett Shoals, Barretts Mill, State Botanical Garden Of Ga, Penfield, Farmington and Apalachee.

According to the advisory, expect minor damage to tree limbs and blowing around of light unsecured items. If you hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning and motorists should use caution due to heavy rains and the possibility of hydroplaning.

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