Update 7:00 p.m. 1/11/20 from National Weather Service
A Significant Weather Advisory has been issued until 7:30 p.m. for:
MADISON…MORGAN…SOUTHEASTERN BANKS…SOUTHEASTERN JACKSON…EASTERN WALTON…OGLETHORPE… CLARKE…GREENE…OCONEE AND EASTERN NEWTON COUNTIES UNTIL 730 PM EST… AT 644 PM EST…A LINE OF STRONG THUNDERSTORMS WAS ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM NEAR BANKS CROSSING TO BEAR CREEK RESERVOIR TO EASTVILLE TO NEAR FARRAR…AND MOVING EAST AT 50 MPH. HAZARD…40 TO 50 MPH WIND AND HEAVY RAIN. IMPACT…EXPECT MINOR DAMAGE TO TREE LIMBS AND BLOWING AROUND OF LIGHT…UNSECURED OBJECTS. HEAVY RAIN MAY CAUSE TEMPORARY STREET FLOODING ESPECIALLY IN POOR DRAINAGE AREAS. SOME LOCATIONS IN THE PATH OF THESE STORMS INCLUDE COMMERCE, MADISON, GREENSBORO, WATKINSVILLE, DANIELSVILLE, LEXINGTON, ATHENS, ARCADE, NICHOLSON, UNION POINT, COMER, WINTERVILLE, BOGART, CRAWFORD, RUTLEDGE, NEWBORN, NORTH HIGH SHOALS, COLBERT, BOSTWICK AND ARNOLDSVILLE. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… PEOPLE OUTDOORS SHOULD SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY. MOTORISTS SHOULD SLOW DOWN AND BE PREPARED FOR POSSIBLE LOSS OF CONTROL DUE TO HYDROPLANING. WIND…50MPH
Update 6:15 p.m. 1/11/20 from National Weather Service
The National Weather Service in Peachtree City has issued a “Severe Thunderstorm Warning until 7 p.m. for:
EASTERN SPALDING COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL GEORGIA… ROCKDALE COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL GEORGIA… SOUTHEASTERN DEKALB COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL GEORGIA… HENRY COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL GEORGIA… SOUTHWESTERN WALTON COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL GEORGIA… BUTTS COUNTY IN CENTRAL GEORGIA… WESTERN JASPER COUNTY IN CENTRAL GEORGIA… NEWTON COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL GEORGIA… * UNTIL 700 PM EST. * AT 612 PM EST, SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM NEAR STONE MOUNTAIN TO ORCHARD HILL, MOVING EAST AT 40 MPH. HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS. SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED. IMPACT…EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS, SIDING, AND TREES. * LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE… MCDONOUGH, CONYERS, COVINGTON, JACKSON, STOCKBRIDGE, STONE MOUNTAIN, LOCUST GROVE, SOCIAL CIRCLE, OXFORD, LITHONIA, PORTERDALE, NEWBORN, FLOVILLA, MANSFIELD, JENKINSBURG, ORCHARD HILL, LAKEVIEW ESTATES, GEORGIA INTERNATIONAL HORSE PARK, EAST GRIFFIN AND STEWART. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 900 PM EST FOR CENTRAL, NORTH CENTRAL AND WEST CENTRAL GEORGIA. FOR YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A BUILDING. IF YOU SEE WIND DAMAGE…HAIL OR FLOODING…WAIT UNTIL THE STORM HAS PASSED…AND THEN CALL THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TOLL FREE AT 1 8 6 6 7 6 3 4 4 6 6 OR TWEET US YOUR REPORT AT NWSATLANTA. && TORNADO…POSSIBLE HAIL…<.75IN WIND…60MPH
Update 5:15 p.m. 1/11/20 from National Weather Service
The National Weather Service has extended the Tornado Watch to include the following 25 counties or areas until 9 p.m. this evening.
BIBB BUTTS CRAWFORD CRISP DOOLY HOUSTON JASPER JONES MONROE PEACH IN NORTH CENTRAL GEORGIA BARROW HENRY NEWTON ROCKDALE WALTON IN NORTHEAST GEORGIA BANKS JACKSON IN WEST CENTRAL GEORGIA LAMAR MACON PIKE SCHLEY SPALDING SUMTER TAYLOR UPSON THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF AMERICUS, BARNESVILLE, BUTLER, COMMERCE, CONYERS, CORDELE, COVINGTON, ELLAVILLE, FORSYTH, FORT VALLEY, GRAY, GRIFFIN, HOMER, JACKSON, MACON, MONROE, MONTEZUMA, MONTICELLO, ROBERTA, STOCKBRIDGE, THOMASTON, VIENNA, WARNER ROBINS, WINDER, AND ZEBULON.
Update 12:30 p.m. 1/11/20 from National Weather Service Hazardous Weather Advisory
A line of showers and thunderstorms will move across north and central Georgia later this afternoon into this evening. Some storms will likely be strong to severe, especially over west-central and northwest Georgia. The primary storm threats continue to be damaging wind gusts in excess of 60 mph along with the potential for a few tornadoes. In addition, strong winds ahead of this storm system will occur through the day. Wind gusts greater than 45 MPH at times in the higher elevations of north Georgia could bring down trees and powerlines. A High Wind Warning is now in effect for parts of north Georgia, generally north of a Rome to Jasper line. As the storms move through later today and tonight, a period of heavy rain could result in localized flooding. The severe threat should end west to east this evening. .DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...Sunday through Friday... Showers and a few thunderstorms will persist over central Georgia on Sunday, developing again across the entire area by Monday. Heavy rainfall could again lead to flooding concerns as soils will be saturated from previous rains. Showers and thunderstorms will persist into Friday with possibly a brief break on Thursday. Spotter activation is likely later this afternoon into this evening.
The National Weather Service at Peachtree City has issued a wind advisory for large portions of Georgia, including Walton, Gwinnett and surrounding areas. The advisory is in effect from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday.
Rain is expected to start sometime Saturday morning with storms possible in the afternoon. With saturated soils, winds could uproot trees which could then bring down powerlines. Gusty winds could blow unsecured items so outdoor objects should be secured. Motorists are also urged to use caution when driving, especially if operating a high profile vehicle.