The tornado watch that was issued earlier for more than a dozen north Georgia counties expired at 7 p.m., but the National Weather Service has issued a new severe thunderstorm warning for several metro-Atlanta counties.

Counties included in the warning are Carroll, Coweta, Douglas and Fulton. It's set to expire at 7:45 p.m.

Severe Thunderstorm Watch issued through 10 p.m.

In addition to the severe thunderstorm warning, a severe thunderstorm watch was issued through 10 p.m. for much of north Georgia, including metro Atlanta.

The severe thunderstorm watch area includes Banks, Barrow, Carroll, Clarke, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Elbert, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Franklin, Gwinnett, Habersham, Hall, Haralson, Hart, Heard, Henry, Jackson, Madison, Meriwether, Newton, Oconee, Paulding, Pike, Rabun, Rockdale, Spalding, Stephens, Troup and Walton Counties.

Primary storm threats include scattered large hail and isolated very large hail events to 2 inches in diameter possible, scattered wind gusts to 70 mph possible, and the possibility of an isolated tornado is possible within storms this evening.

Conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms in or near the watch area. Persons in these areas are advised to be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions and stay tuned for later statements and possible warnings.

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Ahead of the storms, several school districts canceled classes or closed early. More on school closings, here: http://on.11alive.com/2mEYZOv

Storms began arriving the afternoon. Here is a timeline: http://on.11alive.com/2mF20yn

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