Storms prompt weather alerts across area

LAWRENCEVILLE — Throughout Saturday morning and afternoon, powerful storms knocked out power lines and created conditions for flash flooding and possible flooding across Gwinnett county.

Georgia Power spokesman John Kraft said about 6,695 homes statewide were without electricity by early Saturday afternoon. Most of the blackouts were on the east side of metro Atlanta.

“It looks to me that the worst of the rain was south of Gwinnett,” said Jon Richards, a local resident who runs www.lawrencevilleweather.com. “And the low pressure is moving away from here.”

Today, there will be areas of dense fog and drizzle. It will be a cloudy day with showers and highs in the 40s. Chance of rain is 30 percent.

“Sunday isn’t going to be a great day,” Richards said. “The clear weather we had (Saturday afternoon) will go away. It will be cloudy and we’ll have into what they call the wedge, when the wind comes in from the east. It will be fairly chilly, drizzly and foggy. By (tonight), there is another front coming through and a chance of more rain.”

He predicts that metro Atlanta could get another three-quarters of an inch of rain.

On Monday, the rain should move out of the area and temperatures will remain in the high 60s.

“We are in a La Nina pattern, which affects the weather everywhere. Typically, it’s warmer and drier than normal in Southeast,” Richards said.

He predicts temperatures to be in the upper 50s and mid-60s at the beginning of the week.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.