(Forsyth County, GA) After being pummeled by thunderstorms a few weeks ago, which downed several trees and left some residents without power for days, Forsyth County is again experiencing intense summer storms.
The first line of storms began rolling into the county around 2 p.m., bringing heavy rain and winds with them. The Cumming Police Department reports that some damage has already occurred. High winds knocked down a large tree and a light pole at the intersection of Pilgrim Mill Road and Parkside Walk Subdivision. Drivers in the area are encouraged to use extra caution since all lights are flashing at this time.
The Forsyth County Emergency Management Agency warned residents of the storms online, noting the increased chance of hazardous weather Monday afternoon and evening.
“The highest risks include damaging straight-line winds and severe thunderstorms, but there is also some potential for hail,” the notice said.
According to the National Severe Storms Laboratory, straight-line winds are any damaging winds associated with a severe thunderstorm that do not involve rotation, such as with a tornado. However, straight-line winds can produce damage just as severe as a tornado, reaching speeds of up to 100 mph and producing a damage path of hundreds of miles.
The post also noted that there is also a slight risk of severe weather on Tuesday, August 8, due to the potential for isolated damaging wind gusts.
As a reminder to residents, if a traffic signal light is not working because of a power failure or damage, drivers must stop at the intersection. A blacked-out traffic signal works the same as a four-way stop intersection. A flashing red light also requires drivers to come to a complete stop and yield to oncoming traffic before proceeding, while flashing yellow lights let drivers know to slow down and use extra caution.
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