ATHENS — Severe storms are ripping through Georgia right now. This video was taken at 12:45 PM today.

The National Weather Service has instituted a Flash Flood Warning effective from 12:35 PM until 6:30 PM tonight; a Flash Flood Watch until 2:00 AM tonight. Wind gusts are expected to reach up to 33 miles per hour.

Additionally, a Hazardous Weather Outlook has been issued for all of six counties in our coverage area: Barrow County, Oglethorpe County, Oconee County, Clarke County, Jackson County, and Madison County.

This “Hazardous Weather Outlook” means warnings for the following:

  • Damaging Winds up to 60 mph
  • Chance of hail up to 2 inches
  • Tornado Watch
  • Flooding

Clarke County schools have let out early for the day.

The University of Georgia is still in session with no word on any early cancellation of classes. Georgia College and State University cancelled classes for the day yesterday evening. Georgia State University remains open.

Severe thunderstorms began early this morning around 9:00 AM. And after a brief pause between 11:00 AM and noon, storms have picked back up. They are expected to last until about 3 PM, and then pick back up again at 6 PM and move into the night.

By: Miles Moraitis