Hurricane Michael was downgraded to a tropical storm overnight, but the threat of flooding remains in Gwinnett County and many other metro Atlanta counties, Channel 2 Action News Meteorologist Karen Minton said.
Gwinnett is not under a tropical storm warning, but still endured heavy rain overnight and will see precipitation through sunrise. As of 4:45 a.m., Gwinnett was under an Areal Flood Warning, meaning under threat from flooding due to sustained rainfall, according to Minton.
Gwinnett County officials remain poised to respond to any storm-related damage or issues. The county’s emergency management office has been on partial activation since Monday, according to Greg Swanson, the office’s director. That means public safety agencies and other county departments have been monitoring the storm and are prepared to “support evolving incidents,” Swanson said.
Call volume was “routine” for Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services overnight Thursday, said spokesman Capt. Tommy Rutledge, and no wires or trees were reported down.
County police and fire departments did not report any major storm-related incidents overnight as of 5 a.m. The rapidly-moving storm is expected to be over North Carolina by 2 p.m.
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