November 26, 2020

Tropical Storm Watch in Heard County

(Franklin, GA) — A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for much of North Georgia including Heard County and the West Georgia area as the Southeast braces for strong winds and heavy rain from Hurricane Zeta.

 It briefly weakened to a Tropical Storm but regained Category 1 strength Wednesday morning as it surged through the Gulf of Mexico toward the United States.

The storm is expected to make landfall again as a hurricane later this afternoon along the southeastern Louisiana coast.

The latest path shows Zeta will likely hit the West Georgia area early Thursday morning with sustained winds of between 25 and 35 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

See more detail below courtesy of the National Weather Service and stay tuned to HeardCitizen.com for details on any possible closings as they become available.

Issued By

Atlanta – GA, US, National Weather Service

Affected Area

Heard County

Description

TROPICAL STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT
LOCATIONS AFFECTED – Franklin
WIND – LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Below tropical storm force wind – Peak Wind Forecast: 25-35 mph with gusts to 50 mph
THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Potential for wind 39 to 57 mph – The wind threat has remained nearly steady from the previous assessment.
PLAN: Plan for hazardous wind of equivalent tropical storm force.
PREPARE: Remaining efforts to protect property should be completed as soon as possible. Prepare for limited wind damage. –
ACT: Move to safe shelter before the wind becomes hazardous.
POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Limited – Damage to porches, awnings, carports, sheds, and unanchored mobile homes. Unsecured lightweight objects blown about. – Many large tree limbs broken off. A few trees snapped or uprooted, but with greater numbers in places where trees are shallow rooted. Some fences and roadway signs blown over. – A few roads impassable from debris, particularly within urban or heavily wooded places. Hazardous driving conditions on bridges and other elevated roadways. – Scattered power and communications outages.
FLOODING RAIN – LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Flash Flood Watch is in effect – Peak Rainfall Amounts: Additional 1-3 inches, with locally higher amounts –
THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Potential for moderate flooding rain – The flooding rain threat has remained nearly steady from the previous assessment.
PLAN: Emergency plans should include the potential for moderate flooding from heavy rain. Evacuations and rescues are possible.
PREPARE: Consider protective actions if you are in an area vulnerable to flooding.
ACT: Heed any flood watches and warnings. Failure to take action may result in serious injury or loss of life.
POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Significant – Moderate rainfall flooding may prompt several evacuations and rescues. – Rivers and tributaries may quickly become swollen with swifter currents and overspill their banks in a few places, especially in usually vulnerable spots. Small streams, creeks, and ditches overflow. – Flood waters can enter some structures or weaken foundations. Several places may experience expanded areas of rapid inundation at underpasses, low-lying spots, and poor drainage areas. Some streets and parking lots take on moving water as storm drains and retention ponds overflow. Driving conditions become hazardous. Some road and bridge closures.
TORNADO – LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: – Situation is somewhat favorable for tornadoes.
THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Potential for a few tornadoes – The tornado threat has increased from the previous assessment.
PLAN: Emergency plans should include the potential for a few tornadoes.
PREPARE: If your shelter is particularly vulnerable to tornadoes, prepare to relocate to safe shelter before hazardous weather arrives.
ACT: If a tornado warning is issued, be ready to shelter quickly.
POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Limited – The occurrence of isolated tornadoes can hinder the execution of emergency plans during tropical events. – A few places may experience tornado damage, along with power and communications disruptions. – Locations could realize roofs peeled off buildings, chimneys toppled, mobile homes pushed off foundations or overturned, large tree tops and branches snapped off, shallow-rooted trees knocked over, moving vehicles blown off roads, and small boats pulled from moorings.

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