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Storm warning for Rockdale and metro-Atlanta
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A strong lightning storm with dime-sized hail and winds of up to 40 miles an hour could be headed to Rockdale and metro-Atlanta, according to the National Weather Service at Peachtree City. The special weather statement is in effect until 4 p.m.

The Rockdale County Fire and Rescue department reminds readers that when you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike:

- Seek shelter immediately in a substantial building but stay away from corded telephones, electrical appliances, and plumbing.

- The second safest place is a vehicle with a metal roof and metal sides.

- If you are caught outside, stay away from open areas and water. Never stand under a tall, isolated tree.

- Lightning victims are safe to touch. If someone is unresponsive or not breathing, immediately call 9-1-1 and do CPR.

Homeowners should also be alert for the smell of smoke during or after a lightning storm.