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Clayton County Sheriff's Office, GA
Friday February 15th, 2019 :: 04:08 p.m. EST


Hazardous Weather Outlook Warning. SHERIFF VICTOR HILL

Main Point Up Front
A prolonged wet period is expected over the next 10 days, and heavy rainfall will increase the Flash Flood and River Flood threat over Georgia, especially over time as soils become more and more saturated.

Rainfall Expected
Rainfall over the next 7-10 days could amount to 7-10+ inches or more over portions of north Georgia, with 3-7 inches possible over the metro Atlanta area. These rainfall amounts will accumulate through the week as several waves of activity impact the area. Normal rainfall totals this time of year are around 1-2" over 7 days, so these forecast totals could exceed normal values by 400-500%.

Below is a rough look at the time frame we are expecting (subject to change) --->

  • Round 1 [Tonight]: Rainfall accumulations up to and inch possible for far North Georgia. Break in the rain afterwards.
  • Round 2 [Sunday Morning - Monday morning]: Heavier than Rd 1 with 1-2" could be possible from north Georgia to the ATL metro. Flooding may be possible, but will certainly act to further saturate the soils. Possible break in the rain afterwards but continued light rain will be possible.
  • Round 3 [Tuesday Morning - Thursday Morning]: This is when the heaviest rain will be possible, including totals of several inches possible across North and Central Georgia. The exact placement of the heaviest rain is still to be determined, but impacts will likely be seen area-wide.
  • Round 4 [Thursday Overnight - Friday Overnight]: Rainfall amounts are varied, but even small amounts will quickly cause runoff and further impacts.
  • Round 5 [Saturday - Sunday Morning]: Rainfall amounts are varied, but even small amounts will quickly cause runoff and further impacts.

- Flash flooding is expected in areas where rainfall accumulates quickly and overwhelms or clogs storm drains and ditches with debris and cause extensive street flooding and road ponding. 
- Minor flooding of some larger creeks or rivers is likely with the expected rainfall amounts. Widespread minor flooding of the smaller, fast-responding creeks is likely, and moderate flooding may be possible. 

Stay alert to changes in the forecast. A lot of the flooding potential is depending on how much and where rainfall occurs this weekend.
 - Take time to clear debris from drainage areas, culverts and storm water systems
 - Familiarize yourself with locations of local river observation equipment
 - Remove property from flood-prone/low-lying areas

Clayton County Sheriff's Office, GA
9157 Tara Blvd
Jonesboro, GA 30236

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 770-477-4479

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