Severe storms cause damage, flooding in metro Atlanta, Georgia

11:05 p.m. A tornado watch issued for parts of metro Atlanta has expired, according to Channel 2. Other areas in Georgia can expect the watch to end about 2 a.m. Much of the rain is heading eastbound according to the news station. A flood warning remains in effect until 3 a.m.

10:54 p.m. A final round of storms in Midtown is expected to finish by 11 p.m., according to Channel 2. Gusty winds, heavy rains and lightening are moving east, meteorologist Katie Walls said.

10:47 p.m. Residents reported hail in parts of DeKalb and Forsyth counties.

10:34 p.m. More than 2,600 Georgia Power customers are without power, the company reported. There are 86 outages statewide. Georgia EMC reported 814 outages in metro Atlanta.

10:27 p.m. Heavy rains, lighting and strong wind gusts are nearing Atlanta’s perimeter, Channel 2 meteorologist Katie Walls said.

10:18 p.m. A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for Fulton and Coweta counties until 11 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

9:59 p.m. A tornado watch issued for metro Atlanta was extended to 11 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.  The watch was originally set to expire at 10 p.m. A Flash flood warning remains in effect until at least 3 a.m.

9:54 p.m.  An earthquake with a 2.4 magnitude was felt east of Eatonton, according to Channel 2.

9:47 p.m. The National Weather Service issued a thunderstorm warning for Carrollton and other parts of west Georgia. It is expected to expire at 10:15 p.m.

9:31 p.m. A line of storms just north of metro Atlanta have weakened, Channel 2 reported. Damaging winds at 60 mph and golf-ball sized hail are still a threat, chief meteorologist Glenn Burns reported. The storms are expected to be the last round for the night, he said.

9:09 p.m. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for Fulton County. The warning is expected to expire at 3 a.m.

9:02 p.m. Heavy rains, lightning and gusty wind are reported in metro Atlanta.

8:54 p.m. Upper Riverdale Road in Clayton County reopened after being closed due to flooding, Channel 2 reported.

8:46 p.m. The tornado watch was lifted for some Georgia counties south and east of metro Atlanta, Channel 2 reported. The watch in effect for affected areas is expected to expire at 10 p.m.

8:44 p.m. A Walton County fire engine reportedly rolled over while leaving an inclement weather call. Officials said one firefighter was injured, but is expected to be OK.

8:26 p.m. Heavy rain and ping-pong-sized hail reported in Polk County, according to Channel 2. Winds are at 60 mph near Cedartown, Polk, Floyd, Rome.

8:20 p.m. A tornado warning was re-issued for Cleburne County, bringing storms to Polk County, Channel 2 reported.

8:10 p.m. Georgia Power outages are down to 118 with more than 3,600 customers affected. There are no statewide outages reported by Georgia EMC.

7:42 p.m. MARTA bus route 183 is being rerouted due to downed power lines near Burner and County Line roads. Passengers should expect delays.

7:37 p.m. The Red Cross is working with government officials to monitor the storm impact, spokeswoman Sherry Nicholson said. The organization’s disaster team received nearly three dozen calls for assistance. Nicholson said the Red Cross is still assisting 47 families affected by Monday’s severe weather in Georgia.

7:18 p.m. Another line of storms is expected to hit the metro area about 9 p.m., Channel 2 meteorologist Brian Monahan said. Damaging winds and hail are possible, and the area will be at risk for a tornado. Storms are expected to cover the core of the metro area about 10 p.m., Monahan said.

6:47 p.m. A line of thunderstorms is expected to roll through east Alabama before intensifying and heading into Georgia, Channel 2 reported.

6:38 p.m. A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for Coweta County.

6:36 p.m. After dipping earlier, Georgia Power reported nearly 138 outages affecting more than 5,800 customers. Georgia EMC reported 460 outages in the metro area.

6:20 p.m. A tornado in Webster County cut a path several miles long, damaging several mobile homes and destroying a large commercial building off Hwy. 520 that housed fertilizer and other chemicals.

6:18 p.m. Lightning led to a house fire in Ellenwood.

6:17 p.m. Dime- and pea-sized hail reported near Dallas and Buchanan in Carroll County.

6:15 p.m. The tornado warning issued for Carroll County has expired.

5:59 p.m.  Damaging winds and large hail are reported in Carroll County, Walls said.

5:53 p.m. A “supercell thunderstorm” is moving into Carroll County and is capable of producing baseball-size hail and a tornado, meteorologist Katie Walls said.

5:47 p.m. A tornado warning has been issued for Carroll County until 6:15 p.m., according to Channel 2. Residents are urged to seek shelter immediately.

5:40 p.m. A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for Carroll County as we enter another wave of storms. Hail was reported at 4 inches in diameter.

5:38 p.m. Temperatures have soared to the upper 70s in Carrollton and LaGrange, creating a “very unstable atmosphere,” Channel 2 Chief meteorologist Glenn Burns said. The warm temps mean increased chances for a tornado.

5:34 p.m. Standing water is reported in the far left lane on Ga. 400 southbound near Abernathy.

5:23 p.m. A reported tornado in Cleburne County in Alabama could bring “tornadic thunderstorms” to Georgia, according to Channel 2. Hail could hit Carroll County about 6 p.m.

5:22 p.m. Peachtree Creek, which floods when the water level hits 17 feet, was at 18.24 feet by 5 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. That level means the nearby DeKalb County neighborhoods might be experiencing moderate flooding.

5:19 p.m. A pregnant woman told Channel 2 Action News rescue crews pulled her from a flooded car on Garden Walk Boulevard in Clayton County.

5:04 p.m. Southwest Airlines canceled 19 of its 125 flights Wednesday afternoon. Customers are allowed to reschedule their flights or travel standby within 14 days with no additional charge.

4:49 p.m. The tornado watch expanded to metro Atlanta until 10 p.m. Earlier, a watch was in effect for northwest Georgia.

4:48 p.m. Georgia Power outages decreased by 67 with nearly 1,500 customers without power. Georgia EMC reported nearly 550 outages in the metro Atlanta area.

4:45 p.m. Five suspected tornadoes swept through the Southeast, with four in Georgia, according to the Associated Press. Possible tornadoes were reported in Newton, Randolph, Webster and Dodge counties.

4:43 p.m. Atlanta rainfall totals for Wednesday were 3.82 inches after the storms, Channel 2 meteorologist Katie Walls reported. More storms are expected about 6 p.m. near the Georgia-Alabama line.

4:25 p.m. MARTA statement: “MARTA will continue to monitor this active weather front and make any necessary adjustments to bus routes and rail lines as needed. We encourage all commuters to remain aware of the weather conditions and travel safely as the region braces for severe weather later this evening. MARTA riders are encouraged to download MARTA's On the Go app and follow us @MARTAService on Twitter and Facebook for any updates to our rail and bus services.”

4:20 p.m. According to Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Glenn Burns, Georgia now leads the nation in tornadoes for the year with 56.

4:16 p.m. Atlanta watershed employees were trapped after their car stalled in the flooded Peachtree Creek near Woodward Way. The public works crew was rescued by a fire Swift rescue team.

4:08 p.m. Crews are working to fix a gas line in Henry County after lightning split a 3-inch line, according to Channel 2. A Douglas County emergency manager reports a tree on a mobile home, the news station reported. The mobile home was evacuated. The Gwinnett County emergency manager reported power lines are down in Buford.

3:18 p.m. Gwinnett County firefighters responded to a tree down on a home in Lilburn. Several people were inside, but no one was injured, Fire Capt. Tommy Rutledge said. The tree damaged the home’s second floor.

3:15 p.m. Metro Atlanta is under a flash flood warning until about 7:30 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

3:13 p.m. More than 4,800 people are without power and nearly 130 outages have been reported, according to Georgia Power. There are nearly 2,700 outages in metro Atlanta, Georgia EMC reports.

2:57 p.m. The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for parts of northwest Georgia. The watch expires about 10 p.m.

2:14 p.m.: The FAA is reporting delays of nearly three hours at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

2:05 p.m.: Storms should subside in metro Atlanta by midnight, according to Channel 2.

2:03 p.m.: Severe storms and tornadoes are possible with a line expected to move in this evening, Channel 2 meteorologist Brad Nitz said.

2:01 p.m.: Nitz said metro Atlanta could get a brief break from the severe weather around late afternoon.

1:57 p.m.: Play at the Masters was suspended for the remainder of the day.

1:41 p.m.: The ground stop at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport has been lifted. However, delays remain.

1:29 p.m.: A flash flood warning has been issued for Fulton until 7:30 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

1:28 p.m.: All of metro Atlanta has been dropped from a tornado watch that was set to expire at 8 p.m. The watch is still in effect for counties south of the metro area.

1:21 p.m.: While metro Atlanta remains under a “moderate” storm risk, the National Weather Service has upgraded the risk to “high” in other parts of Georgia. That is the highest possible designation and “very rare,” Channel 2 meteorologist Brian Monahan said. Areas under a “high” risk could see “long-lived, very widespread and particularly intense” storms, according to the National Weather Service.

1:12 p.m.: Rain has taken down part of a retaining wall at the Flynn Crossing Publix shopping center entrance, according to Channel 2. The entrance is at McGinnis Ferry Road and Windward Parkway in Forsyth County.

1:01 p.m.: A tornado watch set to expire at 1 p.m. has been extended to 8 p.m. Metro Atlanta and other parts of North Georgia are part of that watch.

12:48 p.m.: All tornado warnings have expired — for now, according to Channel 2.

12:46 p.m.: Cobb County is under a flash flood warning until 4:45 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

12:38 p.m.: The only active tornado warning is scheduled to expire at 1 p.m. for an area between Mansfield in Newton County and Shady Dale in Jasper County, Channel 2 reported. Other tornado warnings have been canceled.

12:36 p.m. Brief power outages were reported at the University of Georgia. Channel 2 chief meteorologist Glenn Burns warned the campus to “be alert” because hail is heading that way.

12:32 p.m.: Springdale Drive is temporarily shut down from Williams Place to Skyland Drive due to a downed tree, Snellville police said.

12:26 p.m.: To recap, there are four tornado warnings in effect for parts of Georgia. One of them for Clayton, Henry, Newton and Rockdale counties is set to expire at 1 p.m. Another is set to expire at 12:45 p.m. for Coweta Fayette and Spalding counties. Another will last until 1:15 p.m. for Stewart and Webster counties.

And a separate tornado warning will last through 12:30 p.m. for Quitman and Randolph counties.

12:14 p.m.: Tornado warnings were issued for Butts, Coweta, Fayette, Henry, Jasper, Newton and Spalding counties, according to the National Weather Service. Stewart and Webster counties also are under a tornado warning. They are expected to expire this afternoon.

12:10 p.m.: The National Weather Service has recorded flooding in Lawrenceville, where Pew Creek crossed the 11-foot threshold to be in the flood zone, meteorologist Kent McMullen said. Other creeks that the agency does not monitor may also have flooded.

The agency put out a flash flood warning for DeKalb and Gwinnett counties that goes until 5:30 p.m. The rest of the metro region, including areas from Homer to Athens to Macon and Columbus, are under a flood watch until 2 a.m.

"With more rain, it's quite possible more warnings will be issued," McMullen said. "Some of the creeks we don't monitor are pretty close to bank full."

The storms should be "more than enough" to send more creeks over their banks, he said.

McMullen warned people to be careful of sudden floods.

"Watch the roads and don't cross any roads that are flooded, no matter how safe it seems," he said

12:01 p.m.: Zoo Atlanta has closed for the day “in expectation of inclement weather,” spokeswoman Rachel Davis said.

noon: There’s quite a bit of flooding in Paulding County, Channel 2 meteorologist Brian Monahan said. South Main Street, from McTyre Drive to West Foster Avenue, will be closed until further notice due to flooding, the Dallas Police Department said.

11:49 a.m.: Power lines are down at Spalding Drive and Brandon Hall Drive in Sandy Springs. Crews are on the way.

11:47 a.m.: A flash flood warning is in effect until 5:30 p.m. for DeKalb and Gwinnett counties, according to the National Weather Service.

11:46 a.m.: Round No. 2 is pushing through the heart of metro Atlanta right now, Channel 2 meteorologist Katie Walls said. Heavy rain is leading to flooding, she said.

11:42 a.m.: Clark Atlanta University is canceling all classes and programming. An Emergency Management Agency is reporting pea-sized hail at Georgia Tech, Channel 2 said.

11:29 a.m.: Veterans Drive at Old Acworth Road will be closed until further notice due to flooding, Dallas police said.

11:24 a.m.: Stone Mountain Park has closed, officials said.

11:19 a.m.: Thunderstorms are moving through south Cherokee County and parts of Fulton, Cobb, DeKalb and Clayton counties. The National Weather Service is advising residents in those places to "seek shelter immediately." They could get 50-mph winds, pea-sized hail and lightning.

11:11 a.m.: Georgia EMC power outages are down from 5,300 to 543 in metro Atlanta. Georgia Power has 104 outages affecting more than 4,030 people.

10:55 a.m.: The severe storm risk for parts of North Georgia might increase from moderate to high, the most intense category, according to Channel 2.

10:53 a.m.: Lightning hit a pine tree and sparked a house fire on Grand Forest Drive in Forsyth County. There was damage to an attic, the second floor and a bonus room, Forsyth County fire spokesman Jason Shivers said.

Lightning also hit a house on Flagstaff Drive.

There were no injuries in the incidents.

10:36 a.m.: A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Bartow, Carroll, Cobb, Douglas, Haralson, Paulding and Polk counties. It is expected to last through 11:15 a.m. The alert warns of wind gusts up to 60 mph, hail damage to vehicles and wind damage to homes and trees.

10:23 a.m.: The course at Augusta National Golf Club has been evacuated and today's practice round has been suspended until further notice in advance of severe weather.

10:20 a.m.: Lightning strikes are suspected in fires in DeKalb, Forsyth, Gwinnett and Hall counties, according to Channel 2.

10:17 a.m.: Georgia EMC reports 5,300 power outages in metro Atlanta and 5,706 outages throughout Georgia. Georgia Power has 95 outages affecting more than 4,240 customers.

10:10 a.m.: There have been three weather-related fires in Gwinnett County, fire Capt. Tommy Rutledge said. Crews are still working to get two fires under control in the 4000 block of Winchester Way and in the 5100 block of Bowers Brook Drive. A caller told officials the latter was the result of lightning. There was another report of lightning that caused a fire in the 6000 block of Old Town Place. There were no injuries reported in any of the incidents.

10:03 a.m. Stone Mountain Park could close amid severe storms.

10:01 a.m.: There are reports of flooding and downed tree limbs in Midtown, according to Channel 2.

9:53 a.m.: Two structure fires are possibly the result of lightning strikes in Hall County, an Emergency Management Agency official told Channel 2. One of the fires is at a home in the 7300 block of Club Crest Drive. Authorities reported smoke coming from the attic. The other fire is at a home in the 4200 block of Price Road in the northern part of the county, Channel 2 reported.

9:49 a.m.: The National Weather Service has expanded a flash flood watch to include Banks, Bartow, Cherokee, Forsyth and Hall counties. Carroll, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fulton and Gwinnett counties were already part of the watch.

9:33 a.m.: Thunderstorms are moving northeast at 40 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

Pea-sized hail, frequent lightning and heavy rain have been reported in Barrow, Gwinnett, Henry, Newton, Jackson, Rockdale and Walton counties.

“People outdoors should seek shelter immediately,” the NWS said.

Flooding and minor damage from trees are likely.

9:32 a.m.: A ground stop is in effect for arriving flights at Hartsfield-Jackson, with flights bound for Atlanta being held on the ground due to the storm. Delays are 15 to 29 minutes and increasing, according to the FAA.

9:31 a.m.: Gwinnett fire spokesman Capt. Tommy Rutledge said his agency had "no major storm calls to report thus far." There was one report of a tree and wires down on Temple Johnson Road near Snellville, but that issue had already been addressed by a utility company, he said. "Fire command staff is continuing to work closely with emergency management officials and are monitoring the weather situation and call volume," Rutledge said.

9:25 a.m.: The heaviest rainfall is moving through Clayton County toward Rex, Channel 2 meteorologist Katie Walls said.

9:23 a.m.: To be clear, while there are no active warnings, metro Atlanta is still under a tornado watch until 1 p.m. A watch means conditions are favorable for a tornado; a warning means a tornado has been spotted.

9:15 a.m.: While there are no active warnings, parts of metro Atlanta are seeing torrential rainfall, damaging wind gusts and hail, Channel 2 meteorologist Katie Walls said. “This is round No. 1,” she said.

9:14 a.m.: Strong winds and hail are moving into Clayton and Fayette counties, according to Channel 2.

9:09 a.m.: Clayton, northeast Coweta, south DeKalb, Fayette and Fulton counties are under a significant weather advisory until 9:45 a.m., according to the National Weather Service. Those areas can expect winds up to 40 mph, penny-sized hail, frequent lightning and heavy rain. Heavy rain may cause temporary street flooding, especially in poor drainage areas.

9:03 a.m.: Chattahoochee Hills fire chief reported golf ball sized hail in south Fulton County, according to Channel 2.

9 a.m.: A tornado warning that included Fulton County has expired.

8:53 a.m.: Flights at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport have been grounded due to storms in Atlanta, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

8:39 a.m.: Gov. Nathan Deal canceled a news conference on the I-85 fire and collapse due to severe weather. It was originally planned for Wednesday morning at the Georgia State MARTA station.

8:36 a.m.: Downpours are pounding I-85 near Senoia Road in south Fulton County, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center.

8:35 a.m.: “Folks in Newnan really need to take precautions right now,” Channel 2 meteorologist Karen Minton said.

8:27 a.m.: Cherokee, Cobb and north Fulton counties could get 50 mph winds, nickel sized hail and lightning through 1 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. Expect minor damage to tree limbs.

8:17 a.m.: Fulton, Carroll, Coweta, Fayette and and Heard are under a tornado warning until 9 a.m., according to the National Weather Service.

8:16 a.m.: Due to today's severe weather, Six Flags Over Georgia is closed.

8:11 a.m.: Rain has been spotted in DeKalb County.

8:10 a.m.: A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Clayton County.

UPDATE [7:55 a.m.]: A tornado watch went into effect for all of metro Atlanta just before 8 a.m. It is expected to last through 1 p.m.

ORIGINAL STORY:

ATLANTA FORECAST

Today: Severe storms likely. High: 72

Tonight: Heavy rain. Low: 61

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy. High: 59

Ahead of multiple rounds of dangerous weather expected to trigger widespread power outages and other damages, the National Weather Service early Wednesday expanded a severe thunderstorm watch to include much of metro Atlanta.

Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Fayette, Fulton, Henry, Paulding and Rockdale counties are part of the watch, which is set to expire at 9 a.m. In Carroll and Douglas counties, the National Weather Service upgraded the watch to a warning.

A watch means severe weather is likely; a warning means it has been spotted.

DeKalb, Gwinnett and north Fulton counties are under a flash flood watch until 2 a.m. Thursday.

Conditions in metro Atlanta are dry now.

However, “it’s going to be a long day,” Channel 2 meteorologist Karen Minton said.

The system is expected be nothing like the one that produced as many as 20 tornadoes in Georgia on Monday, Channel 2 meteorologist Brian Monahan said.

Wednesday’s storms could be worse, according to Channel 2. Storms are expected to hit parts of metro Atlanta later this morning and continue throughout the day.

Metro Atlanta faces a moderate severe storm risk for destructive hail, powerful winds, strong tornadoes and heavy rain, the news station reported. While moderate may not sound alarming, meteorologists said don’t be fooled. Only one other designation — high — poses a greater risk, according to the National Weather Service.

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An Atlanta Public Works crew got caught in the Peachtree Creek overflow onto the flooded Woodward Way as they were delivering Road Block equipment and had to be rescued by the Atlanta Fire Rescue's Swift Water Dive Team.
Atlanta watershed employees were rescued from the flooded Peachtree Creek near Woodward Way. JOHN SPINK
A tree fell into this house in the 1200 block of Tred Avon Way in unincorporated Lilburn on Wednesday. (Credit: Gwinnett fire)


Severe weather moves out of metro area

ATLANTA -- The northwest Georgia tornado watch has been expanded to include all of metro Atlanta, and is now valid through 10 p.m. A new line of supercell thunderstorms is developing and moving toward north Georgia in conjunction with a large storm system that has been crossing the Southeast on Wednesday.

The latest updates:

11:06 P.M. -- A thunderstorm warning is also in effect for Banks, central Barrow, northern Clarke, southeastern Hall, Jackson, northern Oglethorpe and Madison Counties in northeastern Georgia until 11:45 p.m.

10:53 P.M. -- A severe Thunderstorm warning has been issued for southeastern Meriwether County, northwestern Marion County, Muscogee County, Talbot County and Harris County. The warning is in effect until 11:45 p.m.

10:40 P.M. -- The National Weather Service issued a Thunderstorm Warning for Meriwether County, Troup County and parts of Harris County lasting until 11:30 p.m.

10:14 P.M. -- A severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for northwestern Fayette County, southeastern Carroll County, southern Douglas County, northern Coweta County and southwestern Fulton County. The warning expires at 11 p.m.

9:57 P.M. -- A severe Thunderstorm Warning is in effect for southern Heard County, northern Troup County and southwestern Coweta County until 10:45 p.m.

The tornado watch also has also extended and remains in effect until 11 p.m. for west central Georgia.

9:20 P.M. -- A Flash Flood Warning is in effect in Forsyth and Fulton counties until 8 a.m. Thursday.  The NWS said, "At 8 feet...Minor flooding continues to expand further into the woodlands and fields along the creek from near Cumming in southForsyth County to Alpharetta and Roswell in north Fulton County. Additional portions of The Big Creek Greenway have minor flooding with 1 to 2 feet of water. Most of the walking and biking pathswill be closed...especially upstream and downstream from the gage on Kimball Bridge Road and near Rock Mill Park. Portions of the YMCA Campground off Preston Ridge Road will flood."

Another Flash Flood Warning is in effect in DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett counties until 3 a.m. The NWS said, "At 907 PM EDT, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain across the warned area. Rainfall amounts of 3 to 4 inches have already fallen over the warned area today, and an additional 1 to 2 inches are possible in the next several hours. Creeks and rivers are already swollen, and additional rises are expected. Flash flooding is expected to begin shortly."

8:15/7:15 CST P.M. -- A TORNADO WARNING has been issued for Cleburne County, Ala., just across the border of Georgia. It remains in effect until 8:45/7:45 CST.

A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING is in effect in Floyd, Haralson, Paulding and Polk counties until 8:45PM.

7:46 P.M. -- Some counties have been dropped from a Tornado Watch, but it still includes most of the metro Atlanta area. The following counties are under the watch until 10 p.m.: Bartow, Carroll, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, Dade, Dawson, DeKalb, Douglas, Fannin, Fayette, Floyd, Forsyth, Fulton, Gilmer, Gordon, Gwinnett, Haralson, Heard, Henry, Murray, Newton, Paulding, Pickens, Polk, Rockdale, Walker, Walton, Whitfield

7:12 P.M. -- A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING for Meriwether, Heard, Troup and Coweta counties until 8 pm. 60 mph wind gusts and penny-sized hail are possible with this storm.

7:07 P.M. -- FLOOD WARNING for Nancy Creek at West Wesley Road in Atlanta until further notice. At 7 pm, the stage was 12.3 feet and rising. Flood stage is 12 feet.

7:03 P.M. -- A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING has been issued for Randolph County, Ala. until 6:30 p.m. CT (7:30 pm ET). 60 mph wind gusts and quarter-sized hail are possible with this storm.

6:35 P.M. -- FLOOD WARNING  for Morning Creek in north Fayetteville affecting Fayette and Fulton counties has been issued until further notice. At 6 pm, the stage was 13.9 feet and rising. Flood stage is 14 feet. Morning Creek will rise above flood stage early Wednesday evening.

5:26 P.M. -- FLOOD WARNING for Sweetwater Creek near Lilburn until midnight. Minor flooding is forecast.

5:25 P.M. -- FLOOD WARNING for Alcovy River near Lawrenceville until midnight. At 4 pm, the stage was 9.8 feet and rising. The river will continue rising to near 10.4 feet by Wednesday evening. The river will fall below flood stage late tonight.

5:25 P.M. -- FLOOD WARNING for Big Creek near Cumming until Thursday morning. At 4 pm, Wednesday, the stage was 5.9 feet and rising. Flood stage is 6 feet. The river will fall below flood stage by Thursday morning.

5:00 P.M. -- A TORNADO WATCH has been expanded to include most of the rest of metro Atlanta and is valid through 10 p.m. Primary threats include intense tornadoes, widespread large hail events, widespread damaging wind gusts to 70 mph and damaging winds.

The expanded tornado watch includes Bartow, Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, Dawson, DeKalb, Douglas, Fannin, Fayette, Floyd, Forsyth, Fulton, Gilmer, Gordon, Gwinnett, Haralson, Heard, Henry, Murray, Newton, Paulding, Pickens, Polk, Rockdale, Walton and Whitfield counties in Georgia, and it does include the city of Atlanta.

4:48 PM -- SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING for Cleburne County, Ala. until 5:15 p.m. CT (6:15 p.m. ET). At 3:48 p.m. CT, a severe thunderstorm was located over Talladega Municipal Airport or 8 miles northeast of Talladega, moving east at 35 mph.  (Although Cleburne County is in Alabama, it is part of the 11Alive viewing area.)

4:27 P.M. -- FLOOD WARNING for Big Creek near Alpharetta affecting Fulton and Forsyth counties has been extended until Friday, April 7, 2017. Flood stage is 7.0 feet. At 3 pm, the stage was 7.6 feet and rising. Minor flooding was occurring. The river will continue to rise to near 8.1 feet by midnight tomorrow.

2:55 P.M. -- New TORNADO WATCH has been issued for FAR northwest Georgia: Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Walker Counties and Randolph County, Ala. and is in effect until 10:00 p.m.

Some of the weather has slowed in the metro Atlanta area, but 11Alive's Chris Holcomb warns that people should still be prepared for a third round of severe weather, expected to ramp up between 9:30 to 10:30 p.m.

1:30 P.M. -- The ground stop has been lifted at Atlanta's airport. While the system seems to weakening in many areas, 11Alive StormTracker Chris Holcomb said that another round of strong storms is possible.

1:26 P.M. -- A FLASH FLOOD WARNING has been issued for Central Fulton County until 7:30 pm.

1:17 P.M. -- The University of North Georgia says all classes on all campuses are canceled for the day. More closings and delays.

1:02 P.M. -- A TORNADO WATCH affected dozens of Georgia counties has been extended until 8 p.m.

The Tornado Watch is in effect in these counties: Appling, Atkinson, Bacon, Baker, Baldwin, Ben Hill, Berrien, Bibb, Bleckley, Bulloch, Burke, Butts, Calhoun, Candler, Chattahoochee, Clay, Coffee, Colquitt, Columbia, Cook, Crawford, Crisp, Decatur, Dodge, Dooly, Dougherty, Early, Emanuel, Evans, Glascock, Grady, Greene, Hancock, Harris, Houston, Irwin, Jasper, Jeff Davis, Jefferson, Jenkins, Johnson, Jones, Lamar, Laurens, Lee, Lincoln, Macon, Marion, McDuffie, Meriwether, Miller, Mitchell, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Muscogee, Peach, Pike, Pulaski, Putnam, Quitman, Randolph, Richmond, Schley, Screven, Seminole, Spalding, Stewart, Sumter, Talbot, Taliaferro, Tattnall, Taylor, Telfair, Terrell, Thomas, Tift, Toombs, Treutlen, Troup, Turner, Twiggs, Upson, Warren, Washington, Webster, Wheeler, Wilcox, Wilkes, Wilkinson, Worth

12:44 P.M. -- A Flash Flood Warning is in effect in Cobb County until 4:45 p.m.

11:36 A.M. -- A Flash Flood Warning is in effect for DeKalb and Gwinnett counties until 5:30 pm

Other flood alerts and flash flood warnings have been put in place across the metro area. Stay alert and watch for rapidly rising water with little or no warning.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is in effect in the following counties until 12:45 p.m.: Banks, Barrow, Clarke, Gwinnett, Jackson, Madison, Oconee, Rockdale, Walton

12:03 P.M. -- Zoo Atlanta is closing at noon due to weather. More closings and delays.

11:51 A.M. - A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is in effect in Greene, Oglethorpe and Wilkes counties until 12: 15 p.m.

A Flash Flood Warning is in effect in DeKalb and Gwinnett counties until 5:30 p.m.

EARLIER UPDATES:

A tornado warning has expired for five Georgia counties.

People in Fayette, Carroll, Heard, Coweta and Southwestern Fulton counties were under the tornado warning until 9:00 AM.

A ground stop remains in effect at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. (Click here for the latest on that.)

At 814 AM EDT, a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located over Plant Wansley, or 7 miles north of Franklin, moving east at 45 mph. There was radar indicated rotation.

Other severe thunderstorm warnings have been posted for portions of metro Atlanta over the course of the morning hours.

Now, a tornado watch continues for metro Atlanta and north Georgia until 1 pm.

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