Areal Flood Watch

…Flood Watch in effect from 10 PM EST this evening through Monday morning…

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City has issued a

* Flood Watch for portions of GA and Georgia…including the following areas…in GA…Fannin and Walker. In Georgia… banks…Barrow…Bartow…Carroll…Catoosa…Chattooga… Cherokee…Clayton…Cobb…Coweta…Dade…Dawson…De Kalb… Douglas…Fayette…Floyd…Forsyth…Gilmer…Gordon… Gwinnett…Hall…Haralson…heard…Henry…Jackson… Lumpkin…Meriwether…Murray…Newton…north Fulton… Paulding…Pickens…Pike…Polk…Rockdale…South Fulton… Spalding…towns…Troup…Union…Walton…white and Whitfield.

* From 10 PM EST this evening through Monday morning

* rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches on already saturated ground are expected through Monday morning. Some isolated amounts up to 3 inches will also be possible in the watch area. Rainfall is expected to accumulate in two waves with first beginning tonight through early Sunday and the second late Sunday night into Monday morning.

* Flooding of low lying…poor drainage areas is likely…along with the potential flooding of several flood prone rivers and streams…especially across north GA.

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current rainfall 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.

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Special Statement

…Significant weather advisory for an enhanced risk of brief tornadoes and 50 mph winds in heard…Cobb…Paulding…Troup… Carroll…Coweta…South Fulton…Haralson…Douglas…Bartow…Polk and Floyd counties until 945 PM EST…

At 902 PM EST…National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated a line of strong thunderstorms along a line extending from near Cave Spring to 9 miles west of Franklin…and moving northeast at 80 mph.

The leading edge of this line of storms has exhibited areas of localized…weak rotation…but nothing strong enough to indicate the presence of a tornado at 902 PM EST. Still…the environment along this line suggests an enhanced risk of a brief…generally weak… tornado forming. Wind gusts to 50 mph are also possible as the line moves across heard…Cobb…Paulding…Troup…Carroll…Coweta… South Fulton…Haralson…Douglas…Bartow…Polk and Floyd counties through 945 PM EST.

Some locations in the path of these storms include Rome…Newnan…Douglasville…LaGrange…Carrollton… Cartersville…Dallas…Cedartown…Buchanan…Franklin…Acworth… Villa Rica…Powder Springs…Austell…Bremen…Adairsville… Palmetto…Temple…Rockmart and Euharlee.

Everyone in this area is urged to remain indoors and be alert to the possibility of localized wind damage and weak tornadoes that form and dissipate rapidly. Once this line of thunderstorms moves east of your area…the risk of tornado formation will decrease significantly.

A Tornado Watch remains in effect. Continue to monitor NOAA Weather Radio…weather.Gov or other media outlets for further statements or possible warnings on these storms.

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Areal Flood Watch

…Flood Watch in effect through Wednesday evening…

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City has issued a

* Flood Watch for portions of GA and Georgia…including the following areas…in GA…Fannin and Walker. In Georgia… Baldwin…banks…Barrow…Bartow…Bibb…Bleckley…Butts… Carroll…Catoosa…Chattahoochee…Chattooga…Cherokee… Clarke…Clayton…Cobb…Coweta…Crawford…crisp…Dade… Dawson…DeKalb…Dodge…Dooly…Douglas…Emanuel… Fayette…Floyd…Forsyth…Gilmer…Glascock…Gordon… Greene…Gwinnett…Hall…Hancock…Haralson…Harris… heard…Henry…Houston…Jackson…Jasper…Jefferson… Johnson…Jones…Lamar…Laurens…Lumpkin…Macon… Madison…Marion…Meriwether…Monroe…Montgomery…Morgan… Murray…Muscogee…Newton…north Fulton…Oconee… Oglethorpe…Paulding…Peach…Pickens…Pike…Polk… Pulaski…Putnam…Rockdale…Schley…South Fulton… Spalding…Stewart…Sumter…Talbot…Taliaferro…Taylor… Telfair…Toombs…towns…Treutlen…Troup…Twiggs…Union… Upson…Walton…Warren…Washington…Webster…Wheeler… white…Whitfield…Wilcox…Wilkes and Wilkinson.

* Through 8 PM EST Wednesday evening

* additional rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches are expected through Wednesday afternoon. This over an already saturated ground will cause significant rises on area creeks…streams and rivers. A threat of isolated flash flooding is also possible due to fall vegetation and other debris clogging drainage systems.

* Flooding of low lying… poor drainage areas is likely… along with the potential flooding of several flood prone rivers and streams… especially across north and parts of central Georgia.

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.

Holiday Travel Advisory – Severe Weather Potential

Via the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office:

Scattered thunderstorms are possible this afternoon and tonight over much of North and Central Georgia due to a warm front pushing northward into the region.  A few may become severe, the main threats will be damaging winds, hail and heavy rain.  An isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.

A strong cold front will push through on Wednesday.  Rain and scattered thunderstorms are expected ahead of the front.  Some of these storms could be severe with damaging winds, isolated tornadoes and heavy rain.  The best risk for severe storms on Wednesday will be along and ahead of the cold front that will move into Western Georgia Wednesday morning.

Monitor NOAA Weather radio and/or local media outlets for additional statements and later warnings if required.

Instructions:

Heavy rain today, tonight and Christmas Eve day! 2 to 4 inches of rain are expected. The heaviest rain will fall tonight with minor flooding possible. Drive carefully and allow extra time to reach your destination.