Flooding threat in Northwest Georgia from Hurricane Sally

September 15, 2020–6:19 p.m.


As Hurricane Sally comes ashore in the gulf, we are keeping an eye on the possible impacts on Northwest Georgia.

A Flash Flood Watch is in effect through Friday morning.

Periods of heavy rainfall are expected across the area with the outer rainbands of Hurricane Sally as it tracks inland today, then weakens and tracks over Georgia Thursday into early Friday.

At this time, rainfall amounts of 3 to 6 inches are expected, with locally higher amounts possible.

The highest amounts are centered along a line from Columbus, to Griffin, to Athens, where rainfall amounts could total 5 to 7 inches.

As Sally moves inland today, changes in location, timing, and amounts are still possible.

Soils are expected to become quickly saturated and runoff from heavy rain will lead to a threat of flash flooding.

Some of the rivers, small creeks, and streams could also respond with flooding that may linger beyond the watch period.

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