Flood Watch in effect throughout the day
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Image from the National Weather Service Forecast Ofiice, Peachtree City, GA
Image from the National Weather Service Forecast Ofiice, Peachtree City, GA
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Flash Flood Watch now in effect through this evening.

The Flash Flood Watch is now in effect for.

Portions of Central Georgia, East Central Georgia, North Central Georgia, Northwest Georgia, southeast Georgia and West Central Georgia.

Through this evening.

The combination of an approaching upper low pressure system. Abundant moisture and a warm front across Central Georgia will result in the potential for heavy rainfall this afternoon and evening. Rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches occurred across much of the watch area on Sunday, and another 1 to 2 inches with isolated higher amounts are possible today across the watch area.

With saturated soils already in place, any heavy rainfall amounts will continue to provide a potential for Flash Flooding, to include rapid rises on area creeks, streams and rivers. Additionally, because of the saturated soils. There is also a potential for downed trees across the area.

Recommended actions

A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash Flooding is a very dangerous situation. You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

Excerpted from ready.gov

Before:

Build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.

Elevate the furnace, water heater and electric panel in your home if you live in an area that has a high flood risk.

Consider installing "check valves" to prevent flood water from backing up into the drains of your home.

If feasible, construct barriers to stop floodwater from entering the building and seal walls in basements with waterproofing compounds.

More about:

What to do before a flood.

During:

Be aware that flash flooding can occur. If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground. Do not wait for instructions to move.

If you must prepare to evacuate, you should do the following:

Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves if instructed to do so. Disconnect electrical appliances. Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.

Secure your home. If you have time, bring in outdoor furniture. Move essential items to an upper floor.

Be aware of stream, drainage channels, canyons and other areas known to flood suddenly. Flash floods can occur in these areas with or without typical warnings such as rain clouds or heavy rain.

If you have to leave your home, remember these evacuation tips:

Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can make you fall. If you have to walk in water, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.

Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely. You and the vehicle can be swept away quickly.

Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams, rivers or creeks, particularly during threatening conditions.

More about:

What to do during a flood.

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