This Independence Day will be a soggy one for people across Georgia and the forecast has already canceled many fireworks shows.
Meteorologist Laura Belanger with the National Weather Service said tropical moisture is to blame for the wet weather and widespread flood watches. Belanger said some areas had seen as much as three and half to six and half inches of rain Wednesday.
Forecasters do not expect the weather system to move out of town until Friday, though some parts of the state may be drier than others.
“The closer you are to the western and northern portions of the state, the more likely you are to have rainy conditions tomorrow," explained Belanger. "People in eastern Georgia out towards Augusta, Savannah, those areas will likely see more of a chance of having some ability to have some outdoor functions tomorrow for Fourth of July.”
Belanger said the tropical nature of the storm has caused heavy downpours, but the lightning and thunder threat will likely be reduced in the morning.
“You have less of a chance to see the thunderstorm activity that you could see during the afternoon and evening hours. The people doing the Peachtree Road Race, it’ll likely be wet, but fortunately you may see less of that lightning activity," Belanger said.