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Severe thunderstorm warning extended for Dawson, surrounding counties today, Aug. 7
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The Board of Education building at 28 Main Street. - photo by Jessica Taylor

A severe thunderstorm warning has been extended for areas including Dawson County until 5:15 p.m. Monday, according to an update from the National Weather Service.

The main hazards in Dawson County will be damaging wind gusts up to 60 mph, with hail also possible. People can expect hail damage to vehicles and wind damage to roofs, siding and trees, according to the update. 

Earlier in the afternoon, Dawson County Fire and Emergency Services clarified its decision to run tornado sirens when a severe thunderstorm warning was first issued. 

The sirens can be used during severe thunderstorms, Dawson County Fire & EMS said in response to one area resident.

"This storm rolling in now was projected to possibly have 80 mph winds. Better safe than sorry. We apologize if we caused any panic. We just want everyone to be safe and informed," the Dawson County Fire & EMS response said. 

Dawson County Schools released students early today ahead of the bad weather this afternoon.

Northern Georgia is under a Level 3 Enhanced risk for severe thunderstorms between 3 and 10 p.m. today. 

To see forecast updates for Dawson County and neighboring areas, go to the National Weather Service website here.

This story will be updated when more information is available.