Issued by The National Weather Service
Atlanta, GA

Tue, Mar 8, 2011

… FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY MORNING THROUGH THURSDAY AFTERNOON…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PEACHTREE CITY HAS ISSUED A

* FLOOD WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF NORTH CENTRAL GEORGIA… NORTHEAST GEORGIA AND NORTHWEST GEORGIA.

* FROM WEDNESDAY MORNING THROUGH THURSDAY AFTERNOON

* SHOWERS AND A FEW THUNDERSTORMS WITH MODERATE TO HEAVY RAINFALL ARE EXPECTED TO MOVE INTO NORTHWEST GEORGIA EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING IN ASSOCIATION WITH A STRONG UPPER-LEVEL SYSTEM. MODERATE TO HEAVY RAIN WILL THEN SPREAD ACROSS THE REMAINDER OF NORTH GEORGIA DURING THE DAY WEDNESDAY. RAINFALL TOTALS WILL AVERAGE 2 TO 3 INCHES ACROSS NORTH GEORGIA… WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE.

* THE SOIL ACROSS NORTH GEORGIA IS SATURATED FROM RECENT RAINFALL. THE ADDITIONAL EXPECTED RAINFALL WILL RESULT IN CONSIDERABLE RUNOFF INTO AREA RIVERS… CREEKS… AND STREAMS. SEVERAL CREEKS… ESPECIALLY IN NORTHWEST GEORGIA… ARE ALREADY AT BANKFULL OR IN MINOR FLOOD. MANY OF THESE SAME CREEKS AND STREAMS… AS WELL AS ADDITIONAL ONES… WILL LIKELY REACH OR EXCEED FLOOD STAGE WEDNESDAY THROUGH EARLY THURSDAY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A FLOOD WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING BASED ON CURRENT FORECASTS.

YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE ALERT FOR POSSIBLE FLOOD WARNINGS. THOSE LIVING IN AREAS PRONE TO FLOODING SHOULD BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLOODING DEVELOP