Weather Alert: Tornado Watch until 5 p.m; River Flood Warning for Walton/Gwinnett until further notice

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City has issued a River Flood Warning for the Alcovy River near Lawrenceville affecting Gwinnett and Walton Counties from this morning until further notice.

Recent heavy rainfall has caused significant runoff into streams and rivers which will cause flooding in some areas.  At 10 AM Thursday the stage was 9.0 feet…and rising. At 9 feet…Flood stage is reached. Minor flooding begins of the woodlands upstream and downstream from the river gauge at New Hope Road.

The National Weather Service has put the local area under a Tornado Watch until 8 p.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. The Tornado Warning remains in force until 10:30 a.m.

GA . GEORGIA COUNTIES INCLUDED IN THE TORNADO WATCH UNTIL 5 P.M. ARE BALDWIN BANKS BARROW CLARKE COLUMBIA ELBERT FRANKLIN GREENE HANCOCK HART JACKSON JASPER JONES LINCOLN MADISON MCDUFFIE MORGAN NEWTON OCONEE OGLETHORPE PUTNAM ROCKDALE STEPHENS TALIAFERRO WALTON WARREN WILKES

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PEACHTREE CITY HAS ISSUED A * TORNADO WARNING FOR… BARROW COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL GEORGIA… NORTHWESTERN WALTON COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL GEORGIA… SOUTHEASTERN JACKSON COUNTY IN NORTHEASTERN GEORGIA… * UNTIL 1030 AM EST. * AT 958 AM EST, A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO WAS LOCATED OVER YOUTH, OR 9 MILES WEST OF MONROE, MOVING NORTHEAST AT 65 MPH. HAZARD…TORNADO. SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED ROTATION. IMPACT…FLYING DEBRIS WILL BE DANGEROUS TO THOSE CAUGHT WITHOUT SHELTER. MOBILE HOMES WILL BE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED. DAMAGE TO ROOFS, WINDOWS, AND VEHICLES WILL OCCUR. TREE DAMAGE IS LIKELY. * LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE… WINDER, JEFFERSON, LOGANVILLE, STATHAM, ARCADE, NICHOLSON, BETHLEHEM, BETWEEN, ATHENS-CLARKE COUNTY, BEAR CREEK RESERVOIR, FORT YARGO STATE PARK, BOLD SPRINGS, WINDSOR, NICHOLASVILLE, CAMPTON, RUSSELL, GRATIS AND WESTGATE PARK. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… TAKE COVER NOW! MOVE TO A BASEMENT OR AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A STURDY BUILDING. AVOID WINDOWS. IF YOU ARE OUTDOORS, IN A MOBILE HOME, OR IN A VEHICLE, MOVE TO THE CLOSEST SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER AND PROTECT YOURSELF FROM FLYING DEBRIS. 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…RADAR INDICATED HAIL…<.75IN

The National Weather Service at Peachtree City issued a Significant Weather Advisory for the local area until 10:15 a.m. Thursday morning.

SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SOUTHWESTERN MADISON…NORTHERN MORGAN…EASTERN WALTON…NORTHWESTERN OGLETHORPE…CLARKE AND OCONEE COUNTIES UNTIL 1015 AM EST… AT 937 AM EST…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A STRONG THUNDERSTORM OVER NORTH HIGH SHOALS, OR NEAR WATKINSVILLE… MOVING NORTHEAST AT 60 MPH. HAZARD…40 TO 50 MPH WIND AND INCREASED CHANCE OF A BRIEF TORNADO. IMPACT…WHILE WINDS SHOULD RESULT IN MINOR DAMAGE TO TREE LIMBS AND BLOWING AROUND OF LIGHT…UNSECURED OBJECTS…THIS STORM HAS ALSO EXHIBITED LOCALIZED ROTATION. A BRIEF TORNADO COULD QUICKLY FORM. SOME LOCATIONS IN THE PATH OF THIS STORM INCLUDE WATKINSVILLE, DANIELSVILLE, ATHENS, COMER, WINTERVILLE, NORTH HIGH SHOALS, COLBERT, ARNOLDSVILLE, BISHOP, HULL, ATHENS-CLARKE COUNTY, WHITEHALL, DIAMOND HILL, SMITHONIA, BEECHWOOD HILLS, EASTVILLE, PAOLI, DUNLAP, STATE BOTANICAL GARDEN OF GA AND BARRETTS MILL. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… PEOPLE OUTDOORS SHOULD SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY. WIND…50MPH

The National Weather Service at Peachtree City warned of the possibility this afternoon of isolated thunderstorms capable of producing locally heavy rain and gusty winds. In addition, a strong storm system is expected to pass through overnight. Strong to severe thunderstorms associated with this system could produce damaging wind gusts and even a brief tornado cannot be ruled out.

With periods of very heavy rain expected to begin tonight, a Flash Flood Watch is in effect for north and central Georgia starting this evening. Heavy rain will quickly elevate the flood potential across the area overnight, especially in the higher terrain of north Georgia, urban areas, low-lying areas, and small creeks and streams.

A strong storm system will continue to impact north and central Georgia on Thursday, bringing periods of heavy rain along with a chance for strong to severe thunderstorms. The threat for severe weather will remain through Thursday afternoon, with the primary threat being damaging winds. A few tornadoes are possible but remain a lesser threat at this time. The Flash Flood Watch will continue through Friday morning across north and central Georgia. Periods of heavy rainfall will result in widespread 3 to 4 inches across north and central Georgia through Thursday night, with locally higher amounts up to 6 inches. Multiple rounds of heavy rain will quickly elevate the flooding potential across the area, especially in the higher terrain of north Georgia, urban areas, low-lying areas, and small creeks and streams. Flooding will continue well after the rain ends. Light rain and snow mix will be possible across far north Georgia on Friday morning and Saturday morning, mainly in the higher terrain. Little to no accumulations are anticipated at this time but this could change with subsequent forecasts.

The National Weather Service at Peachtree City has declared a Flash Flood Watch for several counties in north, northwest, northeast and central Georgia, including Walton, Gwinnett and surrounding counties beginning this morning lasting until Friday morning. Rain is expected to move in sometime this morning and last until Friday, with thunderstorms, some possibly strong, overnight Wednesday into Thursday morning.

VERY HEAVY RAIN WILL BE MOVING IN WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND CONTINUING THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT. THREE TO FOUR INCHES OF RAIN WITH LOCAL AMOUNTS NEAR SIX INCHES ARE POSSIBLE. FLOODING WILL CONTINUE WELL AFTER THE RAIN ENDS. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION. YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED. &&

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