ATLANTA — Storms are moving into north Georgia now and causing flash flooding and strong wind gusts.
A tornado watch is in effect until 1 p.m., mainly for western Georgia, including the southwestern metro.
A flash flood watch is still in effect until Friday morning too. Some flash flooding has already started in the north Georgia mountains.
Thursday late morning-afternoon
With soggy soil conditions, a line of storms will move through -- capable of bringing down trees, causing power outages, and perhaps even a brief tornado or two. This line will also bring very heavy rainfall, elevating the ongoing flash flooding threat.
Much of metro Atlanta is under a level 2 risk for severe weather and a level 3 risk south of the metro where there is the greatest risk for damaging wind gusts.
The biggest concern is around wind gusts and flooding. Those two things have the power to impact the greatest amount of people. Even non-severe storm gusts, less than 60 mph, can still cause trees to fall.
After the line passes through, the heavy rainfall will persist, allowing for some flooding to continue or even begin. This may impact the evening commute causing flooded roads again.
Showers will finally exit overnight Thursday into Friday with some light wintry weather possible in north Georgia, mainly in the high elevations.
The highest rainfall totals and the most flood-prone area will be in the mountains where 6" of rain is possible by Friday morning.
Tips to prepare
- Clear drains and gutters to reduce the chance of flooding or ponding on your property
- Secure items on your patio to prevent them from being blown around
- Take waste bins off of the curb
- Make sure you have a severe weather safety plan and kit prepared in case your power does go out
- Download our app to get warning alerts and the latest forecast
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