Weather Alert Update: Special weather alert for a strong thunderstorm through 10:15 p.m.

Update:

A strong thunderstorm will impact portions of northeastern Rockdale, northwestern Oconee, southeastern Barrow, Walton and north central Newton Counties through 1015 PM EST …

At 942 PM EST, a strong thunderstorm was over Gum Creek, or 7 miles northeast of Conyers, moving northeast at 35 mph.

HAZARD…Up to 40 mph wind, frequent cloud to ground lightning and heavy rain.

SOURCE…Radar indicated.

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.

Locations impacted include… Conyers, Winder, Monroe, Loganville, Statham, Walnut Grove, Bethlehem, Between, Good Hope, Jersey, Fort Yargo State Park, Bold Springs, Windsor, Nicholasville, Youth, Big Haynes Creek Park, Pannell, Campton, Russell, and Gratis.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

People outdoors should seek shelter immediately. If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning. Motorists should slow down and be prepared for possible loss of control due to hydroplaning.

This morning’s rain has stopped, but not for long. There’s more on the way, beginning overnight and then continuing through Friday and Saturday. Thunderstorms are also in the predictors for both Friday and Saturday. As a result, the National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for portions of central, north central, northeast and west central Georia, including Walton, Newton, Rockdale and surrounding counties through Saturday evening.

According to the NWS, “excessive runoff may result in flood of rivers, creeks, streams and other low-lying and flood-prone locations. A swath of locally heavy rainfall from Greenville to Athens this morning will set the stage for possible additional flooding as scattered showers and thunderstorms affect the area today and Friday, as well as a more organized area of heavy rain moves into the area on Saturday.”

Click on this link for safety information in flood condtions.

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