Severe weather across the Southeast on Wednesday (NOAA/NWS/SPC)
ATLANTA -- The Storm Prediction Center has placed much of the western two-thirds of the state of Georgia, including metro Atlanta, in a "Slight Risk" area for severe weather for Wednesday.
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The risk area is part of a larger area that extends along the Gulf Coast and includes the Florida Panhandle and part of Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.
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Severe thunderstorms, vivid lightning and heavy rain are possible as a significant area of heavy rains moves into the state. A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect for the northern two-thirds of Georgia through early Friday.
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11Alive Chief Meteorologist Mike Francis says up to four or more inches of rain are possible across the state, and areas that have already received significant rains over the past few weeks may receive flash flooding with little or no notice.
With the saturated ground in and around the area, trees may come down across the area.
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As of 2:30 p.m., the Federal Aviation Administration said that air traffic at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport was experiencing significant delays due to heavy rain. Delays were reported at between 31 and 45 minutes, and increasing.
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