November 26, 2020

Tropical Storm Watch issued for Heard County

(Franklin, GA) — A tropical storm watch is in effect for the Heard County area in anticipation of the arrival of Nate.

Gathering strength as it arrived in the Gulf of Mexico on Friday night, Tropical Storm Nate intensified early Saturday to Hurricane Nate according to the National Weather Service.

The Category 1 storm was approaching the center of the Gulf early Saturday after rumbling past Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and the western tip of Cuba.

Nate is expected to reach the U.S. Gulf Coast by Saturday evening with New Orleans among the likely targets.

As Hurricane Nate makes landfall in the gulf, the storm will then weaken to a tropical storm and lift northeast across portions of North Georgia late Sunday into Sunday night.

Impacts from heavy rain and potential tornadoes will precede the most significant winds with this system and are possible as early as this evening.

During the height of the storm, winds of 30 to 40 mph will be possible with gusts as high as 50 mph across far Northwest Georgia.

Storm total rainfall is expected to be on the order of 3 to 6 inches across along and north of the I-85 corridor with locally higher amounts possible.

Potential impacts for the area include damage to porches, awnings, carports, sheds, and unanchored mobile homes.

Unsecured lightweight objects can be blown about and many large tree limbs broken off. A few trees may be snapped or uprooted, but with greater numbers in places where trees are shallow rooted. Scattered power and communications are also possible.

Localized flooding may also be a concern in low-lying areas.

Stay tuned to for further updates as they become available.

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