Update: 1:31 p.m. Thunderstorm Warning issued for Walton County by National Weather Service
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PEACHTREE CITY HAS ISSUED A * SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR… OCONEE COUNTY IN NORTHEASTERN GEORGIA… NORTHERN MORGAN COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL GEORGIA… SOUTHEASTERN WALTON COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL GEORGIA… NORTHWESTERN GREENE COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL GEORGIA… * UNTIL 215 PM EDT * AT 131 PM EDT, A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED NEAR HARD LABOR CREEK STATE PARK, OR 9 MILES SOUTHEAST OF MONROE, MOVING NORTHEAST AT 45 MPH. HAZARD… 60 MPH WIND GUSTS. SOURCE… RADAR INDICATED. IMPACT… EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS, SIDING, AND TREES. * LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE… MADISON, WATKINSVILLE, SOCIAL CIRCLE, RUTLEDGE, NORTH HIGH SHOALS, BOSTWICK, GOOD HOPE, BISHOP, EBENEZER, WRAYSWOOD, EASTVILLE, HARD LABOR CREEK STATE PARK, PANNELL, HERNDONVILLE, FARMINGTON AND APALACHEE. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… 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: 12:15 p.m. Special Weather Statement issued by the National Weather Service.
Special Weather StatementSpecial Weather Statement National Weather Service Peachtree City GA 1213 PM EDT MON APR 3 2017 GAZ034-035-045>047-055-031645- Walton GA-Rockdale GA-Barrow GA-Clayton GA-DeKalb GA-Gwinnett GA- 1213 PM EDT MON APR 3 2017 ...SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ADVISORY FOR NORTHWESTERN WALTON...ROCKDALE... SOUTHWESTERN BARROW...NORTHEASTERN CLAYTON...DEKALB AND GWINNETT COUNTIES UNTIL 1245 PM EDT... At 1212 PM EDT...a line of strong thunderstorms extended from Berkeley Lake to Pine Lake to Ellenwood...and moving northeast at 50 mph. HAZARD...Up to 40 mph wind...frequent cloud to ground lightning 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 Lawrenceville, Conyers, Forest Park, Snellville, Lilburn, Loganville, Norcross, Doraville, Clarkston, Auburn, Morrow, Stone Mountain, Dacula, Avondale Estates, Grayson, Lake City, Lithonia, Walnut Grove, Pine Lake and Carl.
Update: 10:50 a.m. Area including Walton, Gwinnett and surrounding counties under Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 5 p.m. this afternoon. Stay tuned for any warnings or updated.
Update 3 a.m.: The National Weather Service has issued the following Special Weather Statement for Walton, Gwinnett and surrounding counties:
WIDESPREAD SEVERE STORMS LIKELY MONDAY… A POTENT WEATHER SYSTEM IS EXPECTED MOVE OUT OF THE LOWER MISSISSIPPI RIVER VALLEY TONIGHT AND INTO THE LOCAL AREA THROUGH MONDAY. ALL OF NORTH AND CENTRAL GEORGIA WILL BE AFFECTED BY THIS SYSTEM WITH DAMAGING WINDS… TORNADOES AND LARGE HAIL THE PRIMARY HAZARDS. TIMING… STORMS WILL MOVE INTO PORTIONS OF WEST CENTRAL AND NORTH GEORGIA INCLUDING THE ATLANTA METRO BETWEEN 11AM AND 2PM AND LAST FOR SEVERAL HOURS. FOR AREAS FROM COLUMBUS TO MACON… WE CAN EXPECT THE ACTIVITY BETWEEN 1PM AND 4PM AND FINALLY ABBEVILLE TO DUBLIN BETWEEN 3PM AND 7PM. THESE TIME PERIODS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE SLIGHTLY BASED ON LATER GUIDANCE. HAZARDS… DAMAGING WINDS… A LINE OF SEVERE STORMS WILL PUSH THROUGH THE AREA WITH DAMAGING WINDS OF 60 TO 80 MPH THE PRIMARY THREAT. THIS WILL DOWN TREES AND POWERLINES IN THE STORMS PATH AND PRECAUTIONS SHOULD BE MADE NOW TO SECURE ANY LIGHT OUTDOOR OBJECTS LIKE LAWN FURNITURE. TORNADOES… AHEAD OF THE MAIN LINE… INDIVIDUAL STORMS ARE LIKELY TO DEVELOP… ESPECIALLY OVER WEST CENTRAL PORTIONS INCLUDING THE COLUMBUS AREA. THERE IS A RISK FOR LONG TRACK TORNADOES OF EF2 INTENSITY OR GREATER WITH THESE STORMS. HAIL… HAIL AS LARGE AS AN INCH AND A HALF WILL BE POSSIBLE WITH THESE STORMS AS WELL… ESPECIALLY SOUTH OF THE I20 CORRIDOR. PLEASE TAKE THIS TIME AHEAD OF THE STORMS TO REVIEW YOUR SEVERE WEATHER PLAN AND MAKE SURE YOUR NOAA WEATHER RADIO IS OPERATIONAL.
The local area dodged a bullet with last week’s severe weather, but there is the possibility of more again this week, beginning Monday morning. No watches or hazards weather condition alerts have yet been issued for the local area, but the National Weather Service has put Walton, Gwinnett and surrounding counties in the “moderate risk area” for Monday, April 3, 2017.
According to Weather.com, rain is expected to being in the local area at about 7 a.m. with the potential for storms beginning soon after. The storms, however, are expected to get strong at about 2 p.m., lasting for most of the afternoon and through the afternoon commute. The risk is for damaging winds, large hail, a few tornadoes, frequent lightning and heavy rain.
Stay tuned for updates and any weather warnings.