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Friday, September 18, 2009 - 3:13am

Heavy Rain Brings Flooding Concerns

Heavy rain will be a concern for much of Georgia into the weekend. A flood watch is in effect for north Georgia and parts of Central Georgia through Saturday afternoon.

It includes all of the metro Atlanta area, extending south to Vidalia and east to Athens.

Heavy rainfall has already drenched the state this week.

It's resulted in swelled creeks, some washed-out bridges and closures of some highways.

In Taylor County, a portion of Highway 96 was closed Thursday due to flooding.

In Houston County, an overnight flash flood warning was posted when three to four inches of rain fell over two hours.

Georgia's forecast for Friday from the National Weather Service:

Flash flood watch is in effect for parts of north and most of central Georgia into Saturday morning. Numerous to occasional showers and scattered thunderstorms with heavy rainfall possible. Highs from 70 to 80 in the north and upper 70s to 90 in the South.