Heavy Rain Brings Flood Threat | News
Here comes the rain. We are getting some light rain in the Atlanta area this afternoon. We have some pockets of heavy rain in northwest Georgia. That heavy rain extends back into Alabama and Mississippi. It will continue moving to the east. Expect 1 to 3 inches of rain from this evening through Monday afternoon. There is a flash flood watch in effect until 1pm Monday. The ground is already pretty wet from previous rain. Any additional heavy rain will cause some runoff increasing the threat for flash flooding. Flood prone areas need to be aware of rising water along creeks and streams. Even folks that aren't in flood prone areas have a risk for flash flooding due to the heavy rain falling in a short amount of time.
We've also been watching strong thunderstorms to the west. The threat for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes extends back into Mississippi. They have had numerous tornado warnings in southern Mississippi this afternoon. The storms are weakening as they move east. We had a lot of lightning with a line of storms moving through northern Alabama. As those storms move east toward the Georgia line, the number of lightning strikes is going way down. This weakening trend will continue as the storms move toward Georgia. If anyone sees any stronger storms, it would be in west and northwest Georgia.
We will also watch for some gusty wind with these bands of heavy rain. Since the ground is moist, we could see some trees fall in some spots,
See the maps below which show the rainfall potential through Monday afternoon. Also, the severe risk map shows the "slight" risk extending up to the Georgia/Alabama line for tonight.
We will let you know if there are any changes with the storm threat and flood threat tonight.