Heavy Rains Threaten Flooding in North Georgia
ATHENS, GA. – May 16, 2018 (augustachronicle.com) According to an online news report from augustachronicle.com, heavy rains in northern Georgia could soon lead to flooding in the area, causing concerns for residents and motorists.*
On May 16, the Peachtree City weather station for the National Weather Service issued a flash-flood warning for portions of Atlanta. On the same day, Toccoa, which is an hour north of Athens, was in a flood watch, as was some of North Carolina and South Carolina.
After a bout of uncharacteristic weather for the state at this time of year, Clarke County had accumulated 1.25 inches of rain by May 16. Forecasters expect parts of the state, including Athens, to see one or two additional inches of rain during the last part of the week. Other areas of the state, however, have had little rain. The storm systems have continued to form in limited areas, fueled by a stagnant tropical air mass. The weather pattern is unusual for Georgia and more common in Florida and the Gulf of Mexico.
Flooding not only raises concerns about home damage, it also creates a dangerous environment for driving. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 18 to 24 inches of water is enough to sweep a car away. Pedestrians can be knocked off of their feet by only six inches of water. Drivers and pedestrians are encouraged to pay careful attention while they are out in the rain or during flood conditions.
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