Updated 5:30 p. m. NWS Issues Flash Flood Watch until 6:00 p. m. Wednesday


5:30 p. m. From the Gwinnett Emergency Management Agency:

A strong weather system will approach the state this evening. Isolated strong to severe storms may develop across north and central Georgia.

The Storm Prediction Center has placed Gwinnett County in the Slight Risk category for Severe Weather which means that scattered severe storms are possible. These are short-lived, isolated intense storms that can spawn one or two tornadoes and 1” hail.

A Flash Flood Watch is in effect from 6:00 p.m. today through 6:00 p.m. Wednesday. Rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches are possible through Wednesday. A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. A Wind Advisory is in effect from 1:00 a.m. on Wednesday to 1:00 a.m. on Thursday. A Wind Advisory means that sustained speeds of at least 20 mph or gusts to 35 mph or stronger are expected.

Tonight and Wednesday – Flash Flooding of small creeks and streams.Minor river flooding expected.
Midnight to 9:00 a.m. Wednesday – Winds to 70 mph, areas of significant wind damage possible. Chance of hail to 1 ½ “ and weak tornadoes.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. – Trees may be downed, due to high wind and wet soils.

8:55 a. m. The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for Gwinnett County and the Dacula area from 6:00 p. m. Tuesday through 6:00 p. m. Wednesday. A Flash Flood Watch indicates, that with saturated ground in place and expected rainfall amounts of 1-3 inches on Tuesday and Wednesday, there is the possibility of flooding in low-lying and flood prone areas. Please do not drive through ponded water on any street, and pay attention to weather forecasts and statements.

Please review your family’s emergency plan.