WALTON…ROCKDALE…MONROE…JASPER…SPALDING…OCONEE…NEWTON… NORTHERN PIKE AND HENRY COUNTIES UNTIL 230 PM EST… AT 153 PM EST…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A LINE OF STRONG THUNDERSTORMS ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM NEAR HARBIN TO HIDDEN VALLEY PARK TO NEAR HOLLONVILLE…AND MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 40 MPH. HAZARD…40 TO 50 MPH WIND AND ENHANCED RISK OF A BRIEF TORNADO. IMPACT…WHILE WINDS SHOULD RESULT IN MINOR DAMAGE TO TREE LIMBS AND BLOWING AROUND OF LIGHT…UNSECURED OBJECTS…THE LEADING EDGE OF THIS LINE OF STORMS HAS ALSO EXHIBITED AREAS OF LOCALIZED ROTATION. A BRIEF TORNADO COULD QUICKLY FORM. SOME LOCATIONS IN THE PATH OF THESE STORMS INCLUDE GRIFFIN, MCDONOUGH, CONYERS, MONROE, COVINGTON, BARNESVILLE, JACKSON, MADISON, FORSYTH, WATKINSVILLE, MONTICELLO, ZEBULON, STOCKBRIDGE, LOGANVILLE, HAMPTON, LOVEJOY, LOCUST GROVE, SOCIAL CIRCLE, OXFORD AND PORTERDALE. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… PEOPLE OUTDOORS SHOULD SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY. WIND…50MPH
No watches or warnings have been issued for the local area but according to the National Weather Service at Peachtree City, there is the potential for severe weather this afternoon. A pop-up Tornado Warning was just issued for some counties, including neighboring Rockdale County, until 2 p.m.
Of all the local counties, including Walton, Gwinnett and surrounding counties, the NWS writes in it’s Hazardous Weather Outlook for Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, “a line of showers with isolated embedded thunderstorms will move through the area through this afternoon and evening. Although widespread severe weather is not anticipated, a few of the storms could be strong producing damaging winds and heavy rainfall. An isolated tornado cannot be ruled out, especially across portions of west and central Georgia later this afternoon.”
The storms and rainfall are expected to move through the local area beginning at about 2 p.m.