Storms, hail could hold off until midnight in Gwinnett County

5:07 p.m.: While initially forecasted to strike in the early afternoon, severe thunderstorms and high winds may not begin in Gwinnett County and metro Atlanta until midnight., Channel 2 Action News Meteorologist Brad Nitz said.

2:50 p.m.: Severe weather may hit Gwinnett County and metro Atlanta later than previously anticipated, according to Channel 2 Action News.

The first wave of thunderstorms, hail and high winds is now expected to hit the area around 4 p.m. All of metro Atlanta is in a tornado risk area, according to Channel 2. A tornado rated EF-2 or higher could form in the metro area. 

The second wave of storms, first forecasted to hit after 9 p.m., will hold off until midnight, according to Channel 2.  

Check back with for updates to this developing weather story.

10:34 a.m.: Thunderstorms could begin as early as 2 p.m. in Gwinnett County and the rest of metro Atlanta, according to Channel 2 Action News Meteorologist Brian Monahan.

Agencies in Gwinnett County have warned residents of the forecasted severe weather, which includes the risk of tornadoes and hail as large as two inches in diameter. Wind gusts could exceed 60 miles per hour, Monahan said.

READ | Metro Atlanta faces tornado, severe storm risk later

The storm will hit the metro area in two phases. The first will begin at 2 p.m., extending through the evening, with scattered storms that “have the potential to turn strong to severe quickly,” Monahan said. The tornado risk will be highest in the afternoon and evening, and that risk will be higher in west Georgia than in metro Atlanta. 

The second phase will begin after 9 p.m., with a “squall line” of storms that will last through 2 a.m. The risk of a tornado will diminish, but large hail and winds exceeding 60 miles per hour are possible, Monahan said.

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