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Flash flood watch issued
North, middle Georgia urged to expect soaking rain into Saturday morning
Thursday, May 24, 2018, Forecast

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. — Newton and surrounding counties will be under a flash flood watch until Saturday morning.

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City issued the flash flood watch for north and central Georgia. It will be in effect from 2 p.m. Thursday until 8 a.m. Saturday.

The watch area includes Atlanta, Americus, Athens, Carrollton, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Milledgeville and Warner Robins.

Additional rounds of very heavy rainfall are likely as a trough of low pressure to the west feeds very high amounts of moisture into the area. Total rainfall amounts through Friday night could range from 2-4 inches with isolated amounts up to 8 inches.

Much of this heavy rain could fall in a short amount of time.

With the heavy rain that has already fallen in the last two days, it will only take a relatively small amount of heavy rain to cause significant flash flooding.

Creeks and rivers will rise out of their banks, closing roads or having an impact on homes, businesses and farms. Roads may become closed for extended periods of time. High water will not recede until well after the rain has ended.