Flood Watch & Wind Advisory Issued

CLARKESVILLE - The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory for Habersham County, lasting through tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 PM.  NWS states that, "between intense low pressure in the middle of the country and a ridge of high pressure over the East Coast, strong winds will develop and affect the higher elevations of the southern Appalachians. Occasionally heavier rain showers could transport wind energy down into the lower mountain valleys at times as well."


A Wind Advisory means that winds of 35 mph are expected. Winds this strong can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Use extra caution.

Additionally, the NWS has issued a Flood Watch starting tonight at 7:00 PM, lasting until Saturday, December 29 at 7:00 AM.  NWS states that, "Abundant moisture from the Gulf of Mexico will stream across the western Carolinas and northeast Georgia today through Friday ahead of a cold front moving slowly eastward. The rain may be heavy at times, especially tonight through Friday. Soils remain nearly saturated from recent snowmelt and rainfall, and many area streams and reservoirs are already running at high levels. This poses an increased risk of flooding as rainfall redevelops over the region.  Showers, with a few embedded thunderstorms, will arrive with the cold front on Friday and the associated higher rainfall rates could cause flooding problems to quickly worsen."


A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current rainfall forecasts.  You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible. Flood Warnings and Flood Advisories. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action. These actions typically include moving to higher ground if flooding is imminent, and moving belongings to higher ground well before flooding
develops in normally flood prone areas.