Ware Mechanical Severe Weather Alert: New tornado watch until 2 a.m. Friday. Floyd reports 100-plus roads with high water. Several Floyd homes flooding. Rainfall tops 4 inches. Many schools closed Friday. Flash flood warning extended.

Ware Mechanical Severe Weather Alert: New tornado watch until 2 a.m. Friday. Floyd reports 100-plus roads with high water. Several Floyd homes flooding. Rainfall tops 4 inches. Many schools closed Friday. Flash flood warning extended.

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Tornado watch until 2 a.m. Friday.

The Nationwal Weather Service has issued a new tornado watch for Floyd, Gordon and Chattooga counties, in effect until 2 a.m. Friday. The previous watch ended Thursday evening following a close call in Polk, southern Floyd and Bartow counties.

Bartow and Polk counties already were under a separate tornado watch until 2 a.m.


FLOODING
Floyd County Emergency Management Director Tim Herrington reports flooding concerns as follows:
  • Houses at 3386 Cave Spring Road, 2186 Horseleg Creek Road and 103 Wilkerson Road.
  • Roads closed because of flooding: Center Street at John Davenport 103 Parris Drive, Dugger Drive, Burr Drive.
  • Plus a mudslide on Horseleg Creek Road.

See additional flooding video, photos here.

Flash flood warning for Floyd, Chattooga and Polk extended until 11:30 p.m.
  • In Bartow and Gordon, until 3:15 a.m. Friday.
  • Also, flood warning for Heath Creek in Armuchee.
  • Please see Oostanaula River below.
ROADS
From Floyd E-911 with the 10 p.m. update: “It would be easier to post the roads that do not have high water. With that being said, please stay off the roads if possible…do not drive through standing water.. Use caution and be safe. So far we have had over 100 roads that are either closed or still have high water on them and numerous calls involving downed power lines, trees in roadway, trees on houses and cars stuck in water that they drove through. Again, please stay off the roads and stay safe.”
Will update road conditions as much as possible. Several roads in Floyd County have standing water and there are too many to list. These are the roads that are closed or have high water that are not passable at this time. Please always use caution.
  • Ann Dr- Coosa
  • Intervale Dr- Coosa
  • Dugger Dr- Armuchee
  • Everett Springs at Lovers Lane- Armuchee
  • Bert Rd at Calhoun Rd- Shannon/Model Area
  • Brewer Rd at Fulton- Kingston/Model Area
  • Garden Lakes Area
  • E 18th bt Maple & Cedar
  • E 16th off Maple
  • Walnut Ave in City Limits
  • Glenn Milner at 2nd Ave
  • Branham at Pennington
  • Holmes Ave
  • Cooper Dr- off Turner mccall
  • W 9th St off Martha Berry
  • Wilkerson Rd

CLOSINGS:

  • Friday: Floyd County Schools closed: “Because of flooding, closed roads and potential storm damage, Floyd County Schools will be closed Friday, March 26, for all staff and students. Please note that all after-school activities are canceled for Friday as well.
  • Friday: Rome City Schools are closed for students, faculty and staff. No word yet on after-school activities.
  • Friday: Unity Christian Schools closed: That includes students and staff because of flooding, road closures and potential storm damage.
  • Friday: St. Mary’s Catholic School is closed. 
  • Friday: Darlington closed.  Because of flooding on campus and uncertain road conditions, Darlington will be closed tomorrow (March 26). It is our hope that we will be able to stage the Upper School play tomorrow evening. Please stay safe.
  • Friday: Polk County Schools closed. The county has been hit hard this afternoon by the severe thunderstorms and tornadoes that have passed through our area. We have many families with damage to their homes and widespread power outages. In addition, several roads are blocked with fallen trees, and schools are now without power. All schools will be closed tomorrow in order to address the water and wind damage at schools, allow for families to take care of damages at their homes, and for roadways to be cleared.
  • Friday: Because of the concern of localized flooding, and after consulting with our local EMA, the Chattooga County School System will have a distance learning day on Friday, 3/26/ 2021.

POWER OUTAGES

Georgia Power:

  • Floyd: 1,019 customers.
  • Bartow: 63 customers.
  • Polk: 1,312 customers
  • Gordon: 106 customers.

North Georgia EMC outages:

  • Just a few in Gordon, Chattooga counties.

RAIN, since 5 a.m. Thursday:

  • Rome: 4.17 inches. Gust: 25 mph.
  • Cartersville: 1.68inches. Gust: 25 mph.
  • Calhoun:  2.73 inches. Gust: 29 mph.

WARNINGS AND WATCHES

 

Oostanaula River at Rome

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City has issued a

* Flood Warning for
  the Oostanaula River near Rome US Hwy. 27.
* From Friday morning to Sunday morning.
* At 8:45 PM EDT Thursday the stage was 15.9 feet.
* Flood stage is 25.0 feet.
* Minor flooding is forecast.
* Forecast...The river is expected to rise above flood stage late
  Friday morning to a crest of 26.9 feet Saturday morning. It will
  then fall below flood stage early Sunday morning.
* Impact...At 28 feet, Moderate flooding begins. Water will enter
  basements of lower two city blocks near the gage site. Flood gates
  on Second Avenue and Avenue A must be closed.
The Flood Warning continues for
  the Heath Creek near Armuchee.
* Until late tonight.
* At 8:45 PM EDT Thursday the stage was 7.6 feet and rising.
* Flood stage is 8 feet.
* Minor flooding is forecast.
* Forecast...No forecast is available for this location.
* Impact...At 8 feet, Flood stage is reached. Minor flooding occurs
  of the woodlands and fields along the creek downstream from the
  Rocky Mountain Lower Reservoir main dam. The shallow Texas Valley
  Road bridge will begin to flood around two and one half miles
  downstream from the dam.

 

FORECAST

Thursday Night: Showers and thunderstorms before 2am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 2am and 3am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3am. Low around 55. South wind 10 to 15 mph becoming west after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Friday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8am, then a slight chance of showers between 8am and 9am. Sunny, with a high near 77. West wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Friday Night: A 40 percent chance of showers after 2am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 54. Calm wind.

Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 8am and 2pm, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 79. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Saturday Night: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Low around 61. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Sunday: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. High near 72. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Sunday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 43.

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