Flooding and severe storms possible today

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for parts of northern Georgia. The watch is in effect until noon Friday for Dawson, Fannin, Gilmer, Habersham, Lumpkin, Pickens, Rabun, Towns, Union and White Counties.

As a slow moving upper level system crawls east through the day this area is expected to see an additional 1=3″ of rainfall. Isolated higher amounts are possible, especially at the higher elevations. 

Total rainfall through 1AM, widespread 2-4″ expected

In addition the Storm Prediction Center has placed all of Northeast Georgia under a slight risk (level 2/5) for severe storms. A nearby warm front will help to increase wind shear across the region this afternoon which could lead to a few organized severe storms. Damaging winds will be the largest threat but some small hail and an isolated tornado are also possible. 

The timing for these storms will come in waves, with an initial wave possible around 12-2PM and a second wave around 6-9PM. 

Simulated radar from 8AM Thursday through 2AM Friday

Stay tuned for the latest.

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