Weather Alert: Thunderstorms on the way, stay alert

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Update

A surprise Tornado Warning has been issued for part of Rockdale County as storms move into the local area. The National Weather Service at Peachtree City is reporting thunderstorms for the next several hours with the potential for severe weather. Flooding potential also will linger into the evening with the Flood Watch extended through midnight. In addition, isolated strong to severe storms are possible, with the main threat being hail and damaging winds, but a “brief tornado or two are possible as well.”

Initial warning

The National Weather Service has issued weather alerts for the local area beginning at 8 p.m. this evening, April 22, 2018, and continuing overnight into Monday.

A Wind Advisory goes into effect from 8 p.m. Sunday and continues until 7 a.m. Monday morning for much of north and central Georgia fromWest of an Athens to Abbeville line. East winds of 15 to 25 mph with gust of 35 to 40 mph are expected. With heavy rainfall at this time overnight, some trees may be downed and unsecured items may be blown around. Driving may be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.

A Flood Watch also remains in effect from 8 p.m. through Monday afternoon for northeast and west central Georgia. This includes Walton, Gwinnett, Newton, Rockdale, Newton, Clark, Oconee and Barrow counties. Rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches are expected overnight and into Monday morning. Even with somewhat dry soil, the intense rainfall is likely to cause a rise in creeks and rivers and may cause some to go out of the banks. The high water is not expected to recede until wall after the rain has ended. A flood watch means there is potential for flooding and flood warnings could be issued. Anybody living in flood-prone areas should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.

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