Updated 7 p.m.: The Tornado Watch originally issued until 8 p.m. has been cancelled. Lighter rain and windy conditions are expected the rest of the evening. Lows tonight are expected to dip into the 30s.
Updated 3:55 p.m. From Gwinnett Fire spokesman Capt. Tommy Rutledge:
INCIDENT DATE: 01/30/13
TIME DISPATCHED: 3:21 P.M.
Firefighters are currently responding to a report of a large tree down on the roof of a house in the 3800 block of Willow Wood Way, NW in Lawrenceville.
The initial caller indicated that a large tree fell on the roof of the house and damaged about half the roof. There are no injuries reported at this time.
Updated 3:45 p.m.: From Gwinnett Schools spokesman Jorge Quintana:
"We haven't cancelled after-school activities districtwide.
Anderson-Livsey ES and Puckett's Mill ES cancelled their activities.
Parents with questions about the status of their activities should check their local school's web site.
Parents should be aware that some of our school buses might be running late as school bus drivers are taking extra precaution transporting students home this afternoon."
Updated 3:05 p.m.: If you thought the severe weather should have passed Gwinnett by now, you're wrong. Gwinnett County is part of new Severe Thunderstorm Warning until 3:45 p.m. In its latest alert, the National Weather Service said the line of dangerous storms extended from Sugar Hill to Decatur.
Updated 2:20 p.m.: The National Weather Service has issued a new Severe Thunderstorm Warning for all of Gwinnett County until 3 p.m. The weather service says the storm has a history of quarter-sized hail and 60 mph winds. The Tornado Watch also has been extended -- to 8 p.m.
Updated 1:35 a.m.: Gwinnett County is included in a Severe Thunderstorm Warning until 2:15 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. The weather service says the west and central areas of the county are under the gun, specifically the Norcross, Peachtree Corners, and Duluth areas.
From the National Weather Service statement:
THIS STORM HAS A HISTORY OF PRODUCING DESTRUCTIVE WINDS AND DOWN TREES. SEEK SHELTER NOW INSIDE A STURDY STRUCTURE AND STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS! IF YOU SEE WIND DAMAGE...HAIL OR FLOODING...WAIT UNTIL THE STORM HAS PASSED...AND THEN CALL THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TOLL FREE AT 1-866-763-4466. YOU CAN ALSO TWEET YOUR REPORT USING HASHTAG GAWX. A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 800 PM EST WEDNESDAY EVENING FOR NORTHERN GEORGIA.
Updated 1:15 p.m.: Tornado warning issued north and west of Atlanta until 1:30 p.m.
Updated 12:40 p.m.: Check out this report and raw video of a funnel cloud in the Adairsville area from ajc.com.
Updated 12:15 p.m.: Join the discussion on the oncoming storm on our North Georgia Weather blog.
Updated 12 p.m.: Reports from multiple sources indicate significant damage in the Rome/Adairsville area in NW Georgia. At least one tornado confirmed. That same storm system is headed this way, and is within a couple hours away from Gwinnett.
A tornado watch is in effect for much of central and north Georgia until 4 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 30), according to the National Weather Service.
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A tornado watch means conditions are favorable of development of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes.
The rough weather is expected to reach our area in the early afternoon.
According to the National Weather Service, a squal line of strong thunderstorms was to push by into northwest Georgia by 11 a.m.
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