Weather Alert: Flash Flood Warning issued for local area

Update: at 5:48 p.m. A Flash Flood Warning was issued for Rockdale, Walton and Northern Newton County until 9:45 p.m. tonight. According to the National Weather Service at Peachtree City, by 5:46 p.m. up to 2 inches of rain had already fallen and doppler radar indicated more would continue to fall. This is expected to result in flash flooding in areas including the cities of Monroe, Covington, Social Circle, Loganville, Oxford, Walnut Grove, Between, Good Hope, Jersey, Pannell, Bold Springs, Porterdale, Conyers, Lakeview Estates, Georgia International Horse Park, Windsor, Hicholasville, Big Haynes Creek Park, Ebenezer and Almon. You are urged to remember to “Turn Around, Don’t Drown” when encountering flooded roads. If you see significant flooding, call the National Weather Service at 1-866-763-4466. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.

Update: at 2:29 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a Significant Weather Advisory for NW Morgan, E Walton and SE Oconee counties until 3 p.m. Doppler indicated a strong thunderstorm over Rutledge heading northeast at 20 p.m. Hazards include 40 to 50 mph wind and enhanced risk of brief tornado. Winds are expected to cause primary damage, but storm has indicated rotation. Some locations in the path include Rutledge, Bostwick, Hard Labor State Park and Apalachee.

Initial Alert

This includes, Walton, Gwinnett, Barrow, Rockdale, Clarke, Oglethorpe, Oconee and Newton County until 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 23.

At 645 AM EDT…a line of strong thunderstorms was along a line extending from near Bogart to Magnet…and moving northeast at 25 mph. These areas can expect heavy rain that may cause temporary Street flooding. Some locations in the path of these storms include Conyers, Winder, Monroe, Covington, Jefferson, Commerce, Watkinsville, Danielsville, Athens, Snellville, Loganville, Social Circle, Grayson, Statham, Oxford, Arcade, Nicholson, Walnut Grove, Comer and Winterville. Motorists should slow down and be prepared for possible loss of control due to hydroplaning.

According to the Hazardous Weather Outlook by the National Weather Service at Peachtree City, the local area is in the risk area for possible strong storms today. “Scattered strong and isolated severe thunderstorms will be possible today and tonight over the area as a cold front moves through.” The greatest severe risk area is central and eastern Georgia during the afternoon and evening hours. This includes Walton, Gwinnett and all the surrounding counties.

Damaging wind, large hail, frequent lightning and heavy rainfall are the main threats.

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