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Storm concerns end RCPS school activities by 7 p.m.
Hazardous weather outlook this week
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UPDATE: (April 29, 4:03 p.m.) After school activities for Rockdale County Public Schools will end by 7 p.m. on Tuesday due to concern for storms expected to hit this evening, according to a RCPS spokesperson. "We want to be sure our students and staff have ample time to get home safely," said spokesperson Cindy Ball.


(April 29) Another round of showers may return this evening, according to the National Weather Service in Peachtree City. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 5 p.m. and before 2 a.m., is predicted with low temperatures of 66 and rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.

Two tornadoes are confirmed to have touched down in Troup and Heard counties around 7 p.m. for about 10 minutes, damaging at least four to six homes in the area.

Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency throughout Georgia.

The same system produced deadly tornadoes and damage that killed more than two dozen people from Arkansas to Alabama.



(April 28) A flood watch is in effect Monday through Wednesday night for north central Georgia, including Newton and Rockdale counties.

The National Weather Service at Peachtree City issued a tornado watch in effect until 3 a.m. for the following counties: Bartow, Carroll Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Dade, Fannin, Floyd, Gilmer, Gordon, Haralson, Murray, Paulding, Pickens, Polk, Walker, Whitfield

Tonight, from Cedartown to Blue Ridge and northwest, damaging winds, large hail and isolated strong long-tracked tornadoes could be possible. From Stewart to Forsyth to Wilkes counties and north, isolated damaging winds, large hail and tornadoes are possible.

The National Weather Service wans against gusty winds, and occasional to frequent lightning.

The weather is expected to continue through Thursday.

Rockdale residents can sign up to receive CodeRED disaster and emergency alerts via text, phone call or email at

Rockdale's Emergency Management Coordinator Dan Morgan, who is also the chief of Rockdale Fire and Rescue, encouraged families and businesses to have an emergency plan and conduct an emergency drill. "Severe weather and emergencies can hit Rockdale at any time," he said previously.