Weather Alert Update: Significant Weather advisory until 8:15 a.m.

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Weather Alert Update:

SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ADVISORY FOR NORTHWESTERN WALTON… SOUTHWESTERN BARROW AND SOUTHEASTERN GWINNETT COUNTIES UNTIL 815 PM EST… AT 740 PM EST… A STRONG THUNDERSTORM WAS OVER GRAYSON, OR 7 MILES SOUTHEAST OF LAWRENCEVILLE… MOVING EAST AT 50 MPH. HAZARD… 40 TO 50 MPH WIND… PEA SIZED HAIL AND FREQUENT CLOUD TO GROUND LIGHTNING. IMPACT… EXPECT MINOR DAMAGE TO TREE LIMBS AND BLOWING AROUND OF LIGHT… UNSECURED OBJECTS. SOME LOCATIONS IN THE PATH OF THIS STORM INCLUDE LAWRENCEVILLE, WINDER, MONROE, SNELLVILLE, LOGANVILLE, AUBURN, DACULA, GRAYSON, BETHLEHEM, BETWEEN, CARL, BOLD SPRINGS, COUNTY LINE, WINDSOR, HARBIN, NICHOLASVILLE, YOUTH, ROSEBUD, CAMPTON AND FORT YARGO STATE PARK. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… PEOPLE OUTDOORS SHOULD SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY. IF YOU CAN HEAR THUNDER… YOU ARE CLOSE ENOUGH TO BE STRUCK BY LIGHTNING. HAIL… 0.25IN WIND… 50MPH

Weather Alert Update:

Walton and Gwinnett County are included in a Severe Thunderstorm Watch area until 10 p.m. tonight. Areas of concern include the city of Monroe. Stay alert for any warnings that may be called.

The National Weather service is warning of the possibility of thunderstorms, some possibly severe, in several parts of Georgia on Wednesday afternoon into the evening. Walton and Gwinnett counties are included in the area of concern.

According to the NWS, “thunderstorms will develop after 2 pm across extreme northwest Georgia, then a more organized line of storms will move southeast between 4 p.m. and midnight tonight,” March 1, 2017. “Damaging winds will be the primary threat, however, a few storms will be capable of producing tornadoes and large hail. Locally heavy rain and frequent cloud to ground lightning with the strong winds are expected to affect a large area of north and central Georgia. The severe threat will end from northwest to southeast this evening, with storms expected to move south of a Americus to Dublin line after 1 a.m.

The storms are expected to move into the local area around 5 p.m.

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