The Tropical Storm warning remained in force early Thursday as Zeta blew through the area, with “blew” being the operative word. Warning is set to expire at 11 a.m. High winds resulted in Walton County and Social Circle City Schools announcing closings a little after 6 a.m. Widespread power outages were reported and debris was reported in many roads. Walton County Fire Rescue had quite a few tree and power line down calls since about 0445, according to officials. As the winds picked up, so did the storm call volume.
According to the National Weather Service, winds are expected to remain above 15 to 20 mph through most of the morning but expected to taper off by midday.
The National Weather Service at Peachtree City has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for the local area, including Walton and Gwinnett Counties. This is the fourth warning currently in force for the local area.
The following warnings are in effect.
- Flash Flood Watch in effect from October 28, 08:00 AM EDT until October 29, 08:00 PM EDT
- Hazardous Weather Outlook
- Hurricane Local Statement
- Tropical Storm Warning in effect from October 28, 11:04 AM EDT
A Tropical Storm Warning means tropical storm-force winds are expected somewhere within this area within the next 36 hours * WIND - LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Tropical storm force winds remain possible - Peak Wind Forecast: 20-30 mph with gusts to 40 mph - THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Potential for wind 39 to 57 mph - The wind threat has remained nearly steady from the previous assessment. - PLAN: Plan for hazardous wind of equivalent tropical storm force. - PREPARE: Efforts to protect property should now be underway. Prepare for limited wind damage. - ACT: Act now to complete preparations before the wind becomes hazardous. - POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Limited - Damage to porches, awnings, carports, sheds, and unanchored mobile homes. Unsecured lightweight objects blown about - Many large tree limbs broken off. A few trees snapped or uprooted, but with greater numbers in places where trees are shallow rooted. Some fences and roadway signs blown over. - A few roads impassable from debris, particularly within urban or heavily wooded places. Hazardous driving conditions on bridges and other elevated roadways. - Scattered power and communications outages. FLOODING RAIN - LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Flash Flood Watch is in effect - Peak Rainfall Amounts: Additional around 1 inch - THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Potential for localized flooding rain - The flooding rain threat has remained nearly steady from the previous assessment. - PLAN: Emergency plans should include the potential for localized flooding from heavy rain. - PREPARE: Consider protective actions if you are in an area vulnerable to flooding. - ACT: Heed any flood watches and warnings. - POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Limited - Localized rainfall flooding may prompt a few evacuations. - Rivers and tributaries may quickly rise with swifter currents. Small streams, creeks, canals, arroyos, and ditches may become swollen and overflow in spots. - Flood waters can enter a few structures, especially in usually vulnerable spots. A few places where rapid ponding of water occurs at underpasses, low-lying spots, and poor drainage areas. Several storm drains and retention ponds become near-full and begin to overflow. Some brief road and bridge closures.