The drier conditions lately have been a welcome change for people across the state, especially those whose business depends on the weather. A small group of workers shoveled dirt recently on either side of a newly-poured sidewalk inside a new subdivision in Roswell, just north of Atlanta. It was a rare event; for most of the year they’ve been shoveling mud.
The National Weather Service said the flood watch will be in effect from Friday afternoon through Saturday afternoon. It covers parts of north Georgia and all of central Georgia. Forecasters at the weather service said rainfall amounts of 4 inches can be expected in central Georgia.
Forecasters say a storm system approaching Georgia will bring the threat of widespread damaging winds and isolated tornadoes to the state. Forecasters say a squall line capable of the damaging weather is expected to move through the state throughout the day Wednesday.
Rain and high winds moved across north Georgia Wednesday evening, and one person was reported killed when a tree fell on an SUV. At least five others have been killed in other Southeast states and dozens more injured.
Hurricane Irene is moving closer to the U.S. main land. A particularly large weather system, Irene’s impacts will extend well beyond the center of the storm. Coastal flooding and high surf advisories are in effect for coastal Georgia.
Winter storm warnings in the South are causing flight cancellations and longer lines at grocery stores in the Atlanta area. Several inches of snow forecast to fall overnight are also affecting plans for the Inauguration of Georgia's new governor.