Update: 8 a.m. Tornado Watch issued for local area until 1 p.m. This is specific to 16 counties including Walton, Gwinnett and surrounding counties and includes the city of Monroe. Local officials warn of the potential of severe weather with this “violent storm.”
Update: 3:45 a.m. Flash Flood Watch has been issued from 8 a.m. this morning through late tonight by the National Weather Service. According to the NWS, the spring storm is expected to bring locally heavy rain to the Interstate 20 corridor, including the metro area. Walton, Gwinnett and surrounding counties are included in the watch area. Rainfall amounts of 1.5 to 2 inches and higher expected. Flooding is expected to occur in low lying and flood prone areas, especially in urban areas and I.20. Also, creeks, streams and rivers may overflow their banks. This could lead to flash flooding. Stay alert for potential flash flood warnings.
Twice in the last week the local area has dodged a bullet as severe weather caused extensive damage close by. The National Weather Service is reporting that a tornado touched down close by in Mansfield. While we have managed to stay out of the line of fire, we’re back in the path of severe weather predicted again for Wednesday, April 5, especially in the afternoon and into the overnight hours.
According to the Hazardous Weather Forecast, Walton, Gwinnett and the surrounding communities are at a moderate risk for strong thunderstorms. The NWS warns that numerous severe thunderstorms are expected on Wednesday into Wednesday night with damaging winds, large hail, several tornadoes and frequent lightning the main hazards. Heavy rain and minor flooding is also possible. Strong and gusty winds can be expected on Thursday. Weather predictions for the local area by Weather.com forecast that storms are expected to begin at 8 a.m. Wednesday, becoming strong by 2 p.m. and lasting into the night until the early morning hours of Thursday, April 6.
Stay tuned for updated watches and warnings posted as the storms approach.