July 24, 2021

Hurricane Sally forces closure of Heard County Schools Thursday

(Franklin, GA) — The Heard County School System has cancelled in person classes for students Thursday in anticipation of heavy rains and possible high winds associated with Hurricane Sally.

Faculty and staff will report to school if travel is safe, but otherwise will work virtually from home.

The strong slow moving Category 1 Hurricane made landfall early this morning along the Alabama-Florida border, and the wind and rain from it are already reaching the state of Georgia.

As it moves through the state, it’s expected to drop several inches of rain in the West Georgia area in the next couple of days — especially early Thursday.

As a result of the school closure for students, all sports and extracurricular activities slated for Thursday have also been postponed.

The HCMS football game vs. Temple will now be played Monday at 5:30 PM at Temple High School.

A Flash Flood Watch will be issued for most of north Georgia beginning at 2:00 PM this afternoon through Friday morning at 8:00 AM.

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.

Stay tuned to HeardCitizen.com for further weather updates and information on possible closures or delays as it becomes available.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS: A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to Flash Flooding. Flash Flooding is a very dangerous situation. You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

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