Flood Watch This Afternoon and Evening

… Flood Watch remains in effect from 1 PM EST this afternoon
through Sunday afternoon…

The Flood Watch continues for

* north and central Georgia.

* From 1 PM EST this afternoon through Sunday afternoon

* a low pressure system is expected to develop in the central Gulf
of Mexico and move northeast across Georgia tonight into
Sunday. Rainfall amounts of 1.5 to 2.5 inches… combined with wet
soil conditions and above normal stream-flows may cause
additional flooding on creeks and rivers.

* A few locations remain in flood from the heavy rain earlier this
week and more heavy rain will only exacerbate the problem. Some
additional locations are likely to go into flood with the most
prone areas being… the Conasauga river near Eton… the
Ocmulgee River from Macon to Abbeville… the Oconee river near
Penfield and… along Big Creek from Cumming to Alpharetta.

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.

Flood Warning – Mars Hill Area

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City has issued a
* Flood Warning for
the Allatoona creek near Mars Hill.
* From this morning until further notice.
* At 10am Sunday the stage was 12.7 feet… and rising.
* Minor flooding is forecast
* flood stage is 13 feet.
* The creek should rise to near 13.5 feet by noon… then gradually
fall this afternoon.
* At 13.0 feet… flood stage is reached. Minor flooding begins in The
Woodlands and fields near the creek upstream and downstream from
the gage on Stilesboro Road.

Areal Flood Watch

… Flood Watch remains in effect through Monday morning…

The Flood Watch continues for

* north and portions of central Georgia.

* Through 7 am Monday morning

* periods of moderate to heavy rain over the watch area today will
continue to cause significant rises on creeks and rivers…
resulting in minor flooding for many areas. A few locations
already at… near or expected to reach flood levels are…
lookout creek… coahulla creek… and Conasauga river in
northwest Georgia… and Big Creek… Suwanee Creek and
Allatoona creek around the Atlanta Metro area.

* Rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches have already occurred across
north and parts of central Georgia through mid Sunday morning
and an additional 1 to 3 inches is possible through the
afternoon and evening as showers and thunderstorms continue to
train across the watch area.

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on
current rainfall forecasts. Isolated flash flood is also possible
as convection trains over the same areas.

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.

Alert: Severe Weather Expected Early Sunday

The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Ok is forecasting the potential of severe weather for Northern Georgia to begin as early as 3AM Sunday morning in advance of a cold front. The greatest threat area will be across NorthWest Georgia during the time between 4AM and 10AM. Storms could begin to develop after midnight and may reach severe limits as well.

The main hazards associated with the storms will be tornadoes, damaging winds, large hail and heavy rain.

Instructions:

Due to the nocturnal nature of this storm system, there is great concern most people will be sleeping when this begins to occur and many may go without warning. If you have a NOAA weather radio or other alerting device that monitors tornado warnings and severe thunderstorm statements it is urged to have these devices powered on during the overnight hours to stay weather aware. Continue to monitor local media outlets for further information.