NORMAN, Okla. – The National Weather Service (NWS) in Norman, Oklahoma, is predicting a potential for strong thunderstorms for a wide swath of the southeastern U.S. as a storm system sweeps across the Mid-South and into the southern Appalachian region.
According to the NWS:
…THERE IS AN ENHANCED RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS OVER MIDDLE
TENNESSEE…CENTRAL/NORTHERN ALABAMA AND NORTHWESTERN GEORGIA…
…THERE IS A SLIGHT RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS SURROUNDING THE
ENHANCED RISK AND EXTENDING ACROSS MUCH OF GEORGIA TO THE FLORIDA
…THERE IS A MARGINAL RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS SURROUNDING THE
Tornadoes (some strong), very large hail, and damaging winds are
expected from eastern parts of the Mid-South across the Tennessee
Valley region toward the southwestern Appalachians.
As of 12:45 p.m. Monday, no watches or warnings have been issued for Cherokee County, Georgia, by the NWS. The forecast for Monday afternoon and night is as follows:
This Afternoon: A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 5 p.m. Cloudy, with a high near 64. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.
Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms before 4 a.m., then a chance of showers. Areas of fog after midnight. Low around 50. Southeast wind 10 to 15 mph becoming light and variable after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
Robin Caldwell, director of Cherokee County Emergency Management Agency, stated the agency has been in close communication with the NWS throughout the day, following the threat of potentially dangerous weather in an effort to keep residents and county government officials updated on the storm threat.
According to Caldwell, parts of Cherokee County experienced a high-wind event and thunderstorms Saturday evening, March 17. The director confirmed although the community of Peachtree sustained some structural damage from high winds, no one was injured in the storms. Regarding the Saturday storms, Caldwell also added that the NWS was able to confirm there had not been a tornado touchdown in Cherokee County.
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Heavy rains and thunderstorms throughout the night caused flooding in multiple areas in North Georgia. Rains and thunderstorms were steady throughout the night and into the morning with another round expected later today, Christmas Eve 2015.
Reports and photos coming in show areas in Fannin, Gilmer, and Pickens Counties where flood waters are rising. FYN has reports of roads covered in water, bridges closed or out, and other areas under water.
Authorities warn citizens to use caution and do not enter areas where you cannot tell how deep the water may be. We will bring additional information as received.