From the National Weather Service in Peachtree City: What we can expect from Hurricane Sally’s remnants, starting Wednesday. Click the above arrow for more.
- Heavy rain is guaranteed. At least 4 to 6 inches in Northwest Georgia so flooding should be an issue.
- Strong gusts of 30 mph or more are likely.
- Wet ground, strong gusts means a greater potential for power outages.
Flash flood watch in effect from 2 p.m. Wednesday through 8 a.m. Friday.
The National Weather Service in Peachtree City has issued a * Flash Flood Watch for the majority of north and central Georgia, except for far northwest Georgia and southeast central Georgia. * From Wednesday afternoon through Friday morning * Periods of heavy rainfall are expected across the area with the outer rain bands of Hurricane Sally as it tracks inland west of the area Wednesday and Thursday, then weakening as a tropical depression by the time it tracks across the central portion of the area into early Friday. Associated rainfall totals in excess of 3 to 4 inches and areas of 5 to 6 inches are expected with even locally higher amounts possible. The highest amounts look to be in a swath centered along the I-85 corridor, though this could shift with future forecast updates. * Soils are expected to become quickly saturated and runoff from heavy rain will lead to a threat of flash flooding. Some of the rivers, small creeks, and streams could also respond with flooding that may linger beyond the watch period.
Northwest Georgia could see as much as four inches of rain between late Wednesday and midday Friday, according to long-range projects.
.SYNOPSIS... As Hurricane Sally moves inland and weakens somewhere across southern Alabama, multiple rounds of heavy rain will be possible across north and central Georgia, especially Wednesday night through Thursday. With some model uncertainty remaining with respect to track and intensity of Sally, changes to the forecast rainfall totals can be expected with future forecast packages, and may include slightly higher amounts. .RAINFALL EXPECTED... At this time, 2 to 4 inches of rain is expected across a wide area of north and central Georgia, with locally higher amounts of 6 to 8 inches possible. With the forecast track and movement somewhat uncertain as the tropical system moves inland, it is difficult to pinpoint where the highest totals will end up. However, based on the latest forecast information, it appears the heaviest rain is likely to occur on either side of the I-85 corridor.
Tuesday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 81. East wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.
Tuesday Night: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Cloudy, with a low around 67. East wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Wednesday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Cloudy, with a high near 77. East wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
Wednesday Night: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Cloudy, with a low around 67. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
Thursday: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Cloudy, with a high near 77. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
Thursday Night: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. Chance of precipitation is 60%.