Forecasters say all of north Georgia will be under a flash flood watch through late Thursday night as heavy rains are again possible in the region. The flood watch comes a day after rains flooded homes and roads in the north Georgia mountains on Wednesday.
Some residents were being evacuated from their homes in the north Georgia mountains, where heavy rains have once again led to flooding. The emergency manager in Pickens County reports that authorities were evacuating some homes due to rising water Wednesday morning.
A flash flood watch remains in effect through Friday evening for parts of north Georgia and west central Georgia. Forecaster said before dawn Friday that additional rainfall of 1 to 2 inches appears likely through this evening, with locally higher amounts possible. Forecasters have extended a flood warning for metro Atlanta through Saturday morning as rain continues to elevate river and stream levels.
National Weather Service officials confirmed Friday a tornado touched down in Cherokee County during severe thunderstorms Thursday evening. Georgia Power officials say crews are still working to restore power to about 44,000 customers this afternoon. Most of those customers are in metro Atlanta.
Forecasters are predicting severe storms for much of Georgia. The storms are expected to fire up ahead of a cold front that will enter far north Georgia early Thursday afternoon and push southeast across most of the state.