Weather Alert: Local area under a Flash Flood Watch

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch through Wednesday morning for the following counties, which include the local area.

PORTIONS OF CENTRAL GEORGIA…EAST CENTRAL GEORGIA…NORTH CENTRAL GEORGIA…NORTHEAST GEORGIA… NORTHWEST GEORGIA AND WEST CENTRAL GEORGIA…INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS…IN CENTRAL GEORGIA…BUTTS…JASPER AND PUTNAM. IN EAST CENTRAL GEORGIA…GREENE…TALIAFERRO AND WILKES. IN NORTH CENTRAL GEORGIA…BARROW…CHEROKEE… CLAYTON…COBB…DAWSON…DEKALB…DOUGLAS…FANNIN… FAYETTE…FORSYTH…GILMER…GWINNETT…HALL…HENRY… LUMPKIN…MORGAN…NEWTON…NORTH FULTON…PICKENS… ROCKDALE…SOUTH FULTON…UNION AND WALTON. IN NORTHEAST GEORGIA…BANKS…CLARKE…JACKSON…MADISON…OCONEE… OGLETHORPE…TOWNS AND WHITE. IN NORTHWEST GEORGIA…BARTOW… CARROLL…CATOOSA…CHATTOOGA…DADE…FLOYD…GORDON… HARALSON…MURRAY…PAULDING…POLK…WALKER AND WHITFIELD. IN WEST CENTRAL GEORGIA…COWETA…HEARD…LAMAR…MERIWETHER… PIKE…SPALDING AND TROUP.

 The NWS reports that a frontal boundary will remain stalled across much of north and central Georgia through Wednesday morning. A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding, which is a very dangerous situation. You are urged to monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood warnings be issued.

SOILS ARE ALREADY SATURATED AND ADDITIONAL RAINFALL, EVEN LIGHTER AMOUNTS, WILL ONLY EXACERBATE RUNOFF. ONE TO THREE INCHES OF RAIN HAS ALREADY FALLEN OVER THE SOUTHERN AND EASTERN ATLANTA METRO AREAS AND ADDITIONAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF ONE TO TWO INCHES ARE POSSIBLE THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF THE DAY. THE AXIS OF HEAVIER RAINFALL IS EXPECTED TO SHIFT NORTHWARD OVERNIGHT AND TUESDAY WITH ADDITIONAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF ONE TO THREE INCHES POSSIBLE. LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS, ESPECIALLY ACROSS THE HIGHER TERRAIN OF NORTH GEORGIA, ARE ALSO POSSIBLE.

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