High winds, hail possible in storm approaching Athens area

A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect this afternoon in Oconee, Barrow, Clarke and Jackson counties.

The storm was located near Winder at 4:15 p.m., and is moving east at 20 mph.

Officials are expecting 60 mph wind gusts and quarter-sized hail. They warn that hail damage to vehicles and wind damage to roofs, siding and trees is possible.

Authorities recommend moving to an interior room on the lowest floor of a building.

Wind damage, hail or flooding should be reported to the National Weather Service toll free at 1-866-763-4466.

 

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