Weather Alert: Tornado Watch issued for local area

Update:

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City has issued a Tornado Watch for several local counties from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Walton, Gwinnett and surrounding counties are included in this alert. A Watch means conditions are expected that are conducive to the possibility of tornados forming.

The area remains under a Flash Flood Watch. Stay tuned for any warnings that may be issued.

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City has issued a Flash Flood Watch for several counties in Georgia from 8 p.m. this evening through Wednesday afternoon. This includes Walton, Gwinnett and all the surrounding areas. According to Weather.com, “abundant moisture, combined with an upper level storm system will lead to widespread showers and thunderstorms later today, but particularly overnight into Tuesday and again late Tuesday into early Wednesday.”

File photo of flooding in Walton County on Aug. 23, 2015. Photo contributed by Walton County Fire Rescue.

Heavy rains are expected with some rates likely to be 1 to 2 inches per hour. Areas that already received rain Saturday into Sunday already have soils less permeable to additional rainfall. Additional rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches are possible again Wednesday. Flooding in low lying and flood prone areas are likely, especially in urban areas and rivers, creeks and streams could overflow their banks.

Stay tuned during that period for Flash Flood Warnings that may be issued. Remember, “turn around, don’t drown.”

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