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Newton under flash flood watch
North Georgia could see 7 inches or more of rain
Irma still on track
Tracking maps continue to show Hurricane Irma hitting Florida on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, and continuing to Georgia. - photo by National Weather Service

COVINGTON, Ga. — Newton and surrounding counties will go under a flash flood watch, as soaking rains from Hurricane Irma are expected.

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City issued the watch Saturday afternoon.

Rains from Irma are expected to begin in the region Monday morning and continue into the evening.

North Georgia could see 3 to 7 inches of rainfall, with isolated spots getting even more.

As of 3 p.m. Saturday, Irma had sustained winds of 125 mph. The storm had weakened after passing over the mountains of Cuba but still was expected to be a dangerous storm as it takes aim at Florida on Sunday.