Weather Alert: Watches issued for high winds and rain in lead up to Christmas Day

The National Weather Service at Peachtree City has issued two Weather Alerts for several counties in Georgia between Sunday and Christmas Eve and Walton, Gwinnett and the surrounding counties are included in the watch areas. Rain is expected to move in early Sunday morning, Dec. 22, and continue until overnight Monday, Dec. 23. As a result, a Flood Watch has been issued from Sunday morning until Tuesday morning.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PEACHTREE CITY HAS ISSUED A * FLOOD WATCH FOR NORTH AND CENTRAL GEORGIA. * FROM SUNDAY MORNING THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING * WAVES OF MODERATE TO HEAVY RAINFALL CAN BE EXPECTED ACROSS MUCH OF NORTH AND CENTRAL GEORGIA SUNDAY THROUGH EARLY TUESDAY MORNING. RAINFALL TOTALS WILL BE HIGHEST ALONG AND SOUTH OF INTERSTATES 85 AND 20 WITH AMOUNTS AVERAGING BETWEEN TWO TO FOUR INCHES. LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS WILL BE POSSIBLE. THE HEAVY RAINFALL COULD LEAD TO FLOODING ON AREAS CREEKS, STREAMS AND RIVERS, AS WELL AS ROADWAYS AND LOW LYING AREAS. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A FLOOD WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING BASED ON CURRENT FORECASTS. YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE ALERT FOR POSSIBLE FLOOD WARNINGS. THOSE LIVING IN AREAS PRONE TO FLOODING SHOULD BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLOODING DEVELOP.

In addition, a High Wind Watch has been issued from Sunday afternoon through Monday morning that includes the local areas.

NORTHEAST WINDS 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 45 MPH POSSIBLE. *

WHERE…PORTIONS OF CENTRAL, EAST CENTRAL, NORTH CENTRAL, NORTHEAST, NORTHWEST, SOUTHEAST AND WEST CENTRAL GEORGIA. *

WHEN…FROM SUNDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH MONDAY MORNING. *

IMPACTS…WITH SOILS SATURATED FROM HEAVY RAINS, DOWNED TREES AND POWERLINES WILL BE LIKELY. WIDESPREAD POWER OUTAGES ARE POSSIBLE. TRAVEL COULD BE DIFFICULT, ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS AND WARNINGS FOR UPDATES ON THIS SITUATION. FASTEN LOOSE OBJECTS OR SHELTER OBJECTS IN A SAFE LOCATION PRIOR TO THE ONSET OF WINDS

 

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