he National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for much of north and portions of central Georgia, including Walton and Gwinnett counties, from 1 p.m. today until 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013. This replaces the Flash Flood that was in force until 1 p.m. today. This area is mainly along and south of a line from Cedartown to Alpharetta to Athens.
The Alert reads, in part.
* MODERATE TO OCCASIONALLY HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CONTINUE TO SPREAD ACROSS PARTS OF NORTH AND MOST OF CENTRAL GEORGIA THROUGH EARLY WEDNESDAY. SINCE SUNDAY AFTERNOON... BETWEEN ONE AND THREE INCHES OF RAINFALL HAS ALREADY FALLEN ACROSS MUCH OF THE AREA. AN ADDITIONAL 2 TO 4 INCHES IS POSSIBLE ACROSS THE WATCH AREA THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING. LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS ARE LIKELY AS SHOWERS CONTINUE TO TRAIN ACROSS THE SAME AREAS.
* RECENT RAINFALL HAS MADE THE SOIL VERY MOIST... AND THE ADDITIONAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS COULD LEAD TO FLOODING ALONG RIVERS... SMALL STREAMS AND CREEKS. ALSO... STORM DRAINS AND DITCHES MAY BECOME CLOGGED... CAUSING ADDITIONAL STREET FLOODING... ESPECIALLY ALONG LOW LYING FLOOD PRONE AREAS.
According to the National Weather Service, a Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. Those areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action if necessary. Monitor further updates in case a flood warning is issued. Do not attempt to cross water covered roadways as your vehicle could be swept downstream.