8:30 A.M. UPDATE: All of metro Atlanta and north Georgia has been dropped from the Severe Thunderstorm Watch, with only the central Georgia counties remaining in the watch through 10 am.
The FAA says they have lifted the ground stop at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Travelers should still check with their individual airlines for any specific flight-related delays.
Cherokee County officials said they have multiple reports of trees down across the county, but only three reports of houses struck by lightning. One of those resulted in a chimney fire. No injuries have been reported.
Officials there said crews are actively working to restore power and clear roads.
8:11 A.M. UPDATE: Gwinnett County fire officials said they had a crew responding to reports of a house fire that may be storm-related in the 1600 block of Primrose Park Road in Buford.
Georgia Power says the current number of power outages is about 41,845. They said crews are working to restore power as rapidly as possible.
The FAA says the ground stoppage at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport has been extended to 9:15 a.m. Travelers should check with their individual airline regarding any delays or cancellations.
7:54 A.M. UPDATE: The National Weather Service has canceled the Severe Thunderstorm Watch for areas primarily to the north and northwest of Atlanta - including Barrow, Cobb, Gwinnett, Haralson, Jackson, Madison, Paulding and Polk counties. Other areas remain under the Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 10 a.m.
7:37 A.M. UPDATE: Emergency managers in Dawson County said they have multiple trees down and some possible structural damage near the intersection of Georgia Highway 9 and Highway 136 that occurred just before 6 a.m. No injuries were reported.
7:25 A.M. UPDATE: Lightning and heavy rains are continuing across much of metro Atlanta and north Georgia as Saturday's first line of storms continues to push to the south in metro Atlanta.
11Alive meteorologist Wes Peery says this early round of storms should be it for the morning round of severe weather. However, he says later in the day, more potentially severe storms will likely develop, beginning after about 3:00 or 4:00 p.m.
7:17 A.M. UPDATE: FAA orders GROUND STOP at Hartsfield-Jackson due to severe weather until 8 a.m. Travelers are advised to call their airline before going to the airport Saturday morning in the event of possible delays.
Georgia Power says about 37,000 households across north Georgia are without power in the wake of the storms.
7:03 A.M. UPDATE: A new SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING has been issued for Greene, Jasper, Morgan, Newton, Putnam and Walton counties until 7:45 a.m.
6:51 A.M. UPDATE: National Weather Service cancels Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Cobb, DeKalb and Fulton counties early.
6:50 A.M. UPDATE: Hall and Jackson counties dropped from storm warning. Severe Thunderstorm Warning continues for Barrow, Gwinnett, Oconee and Walton counties until 7:15 a.m.
6:35 A.M. UPDATE: Cherokee County emergency managers reporting trees down in several locations across the county and at least two homes struck by lightning, but no fires reported in either instance.
6:34 A.M. UPDATE: Cherokee County dropped from the earlier warning. That Severe Thunderstorm Warning continues for Cobb, DeKalb and Fulton counties, including the city of Atlanta (see earlier map), until 7 am.
6:22 A.M. UPDATE: A new SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING is in effect for portions of Barrow, Gwinnett, Hall, Jackson, Oconee and Walton counties until 7:15 a.m.
6:11 A.M. UPDATE: A new SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING has been issued for parts of Cherokee, Cobb, DeKalb and Fulton counties, including part of the city of Atlanta until 7 a.m.
6:06 A.M. UPDATE: Cherokee, Dawson and Pickens counties have been dropped from the Severe Thunderstorm Warning. The warning continues for Forsyth, Gwinnett and Hall counties (see map below) until 6:30 a.m.
5:46 A.M. UPDATE: A new SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING has been issued for Cherokee, Dawson, Forsyth, Gwinnett, Hall and Pickens counties until 6:30 a.m.
5:40 A.M. UPDATE: Bartow, Gordon & Gilmer counties dropped from Severe Thunderstorm Warning. It remains in effect for Cherokee and Pickens counties until 6 a.m.
5:30 A.M. UPDATE: Murray County dropped from Severe Thunderstorm Warning. It remains in effect for Bartow, Cherokee, Gilmer, Gordon and Pickens counties (see map below) until 6 a.m.
5:09 A.M. UPDATE: SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING issued for Bartow, Cherokee, Gilmer, Gordon, Murray and Pickens counties until 6 a.m.
4:46 A.M. UPDATE: Hall County has been dropped from the Severe Thunderstorm Warning. It remains in effect in Barrow and Jackson until 5:15 a.m.
4:43 A.M. UPDATE: A FLASH FLOOD WARNING is in effect until 10:15 a.m. in these counties: Fannin; Gilmer; Murray.
4:37 A.M. UPDATE: Another SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING has been issued. This one lasts until 5:15 a.m. in these counties: Barrow; Hall; Jackson
4:30 A.M. UPDATE: A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING is in effect in these counties until 5:15 a.m.: Catoosa; Gilmer; Murray; Whitfield
Another SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING is in effect, also until 5:15 a.m. in: Dawson; Gilmer; Lumpkin; Pickens.
3:43 A.M. UPDATE: A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING is in effect until 4:30 a.m. in these areas: Banks; Dawson; Forsyth; Hall; Lumpkin
Another SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING is in effect in Gilmer and Murray counties until 4:30 a.m.
North Georgia remains until a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 10 a.m. (see map below)
3 A.M. UPDATE: A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING is in effect until 3:30 a.m. in these counties: Lumpkin; Towns; Union; White.
A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING is in effect in these counties until 3:45 a.m.: Fannin; Gilmer; Murray; Whitfield.
A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH has been issued for much of north Georgia until 10 a.m.
The areas under the watch include: Baldwin; Banks; Barrow; Bartow; Bibb; Butts; Carroll; Catoosa; Chattooga; Cherokee; Clarke; Clayton; Cobb; Coweta; Crawford; Dade; Dawson; DeKalb; Douglas; Fannin; Fayette; Floyd; Forsyth; Fulton; Gilmer; Gordon; Greene; Gwinnett; Hall; Hancock; Haralson; Harris; Heard; Henry; Jackson; Jasper; Jones; Lamar; Lumpkin; Madison; Meriwether; Monroe; Morgan; Murray; Newton; Oconee; Oglethorpe; Paulding; Pickens; Pike; Polk; Putnam; Rockdale; Spalding; Talbot; Troup; Twiggs; Union; Upson; Walker; Walton; Washington; White; Whitfield; Wilkinson.
All of northern Georgia is the under threat for severe weather Saturday with two possible rounds of damaging storms.
The first possible round starts overnight into Saturday morning as strong to severe storms capable of producing damaging wind gusts and hail move in from the northwest. There is still considerable uncertainty with this first round as storms as it may end up sliding further west into Alabama missing most of north Georgia completely.
Even if a complex of storms does move into northern Georgia it will weaken as it approaches the Atlanta metro.
The second possible round comes Saturday afternoon into the night.
Storms will likely develop in the late afternoon and evening, possibly on a small boundary/miniature front left over from morning storms. It's hard to say where this boundary would set up but storms that fire up on would turn into a line with damaging wind potential.
Other than storms on this boundary, scattered individual storms may develop and bring the threat for all modes of severe weather including a low tornado threat.
Overall with all rounds of possible storms damaging wind gusts and intense lightning are concerning.
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