Updated 3 p.m. Wednesday:

The flash flood watch has ended for Cherokee County, according to the National Weather Service. The service reports a potential for flash flooding across north and central Georgia Wednesday afternoon.

Portions of Cherokee County are under a flash flood watch until 8 p.m. tonight, with showers and thunderstorms forecast throughout much of the day, according to the National Weather Service.

The county is at a marginal to slight risk for severe thunderstorms, according to the Cherokee County Emergency Management Agency.

The watch includes several counties in the north Georgia area.

Georgia Power offered storm tips for those who may be affected by severe weather:

  • Before a storm — Stay aware and check the weather forecast before heading outdoors. Check your emergency kit, unplug major appliances and charge cell phones in case you lose power.
  • During a storm — Take safe shelter inside a sturdy building away from windows and doors. Avoid contact with conductors of electricity, such as appliances, metal objects and water.
  • After a storm — Never touch any downed or low-hanging wire, including telephone or TV wires that touch a power line. Never pull tree limbs off of power lines yourself or enter areas with debris or downed trees as downed power lines may be buried in wreckage.

Other actions people can take to prepare for severe weather include:

  • Get outage information — Georgia Power customers can subscribe to the company's free alert service for personalized notifications, and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Build an emergency kit — A well-built kit should contain enough supplies to get you and your family through three days without electricity or running water.
  • Downed tree safety — Downed trees are usually the cause of an outage after a storm. Never attempt to pull tree limbs off wires yourself. Customers should call 911 or Georgia Power immediately if they see a fallen or low-hanging power line.
  • Generator safety — Never use generators in an enclosed space. They produce dangerous carbon monoxide that can’t be seen or smelled.
  • Storing food and medicine in an outage — During an outage, it’s important to know how to safely store your food and medicine. When an outage occurs, move anything that can be frozen into the freezer. A well-stocked freezer can hold its temperature for 24 to 48 hours.
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