Tropical Storm Warning now in effect for Floyd, Chattooga and extreme Northwest Georgia (Dade, Catoosa and Walker). A Tropical Storm Watch continues for Bartow, Polk and Gordon. A flash flood watch is in effect from Sunday afternoon into Monday morning for most of Northwest Georgia.
8 p.m. update from NWS: The chance for a few showers and thunderstorms will increase this evening from the south as Nate approaches the northern Gulf coast. Some storms could be strong with gusty winds and locally heavy rainfall as the main threats. Periods of showers and thunderstorms will increase Sunday in association with Tropical system Nate. Some storms could be strong to severe with brief, spin-up tornadoes, damaging winds, and locally heavy rainfall. In addition, a Flash Flood Watch is in effect for portions of north Georgia, Sunday afternoon into Monday morning, with 3 to 5 inches of rain expected. Power outages can also be expected, mainly in northwestern Georgia where winds will be the strongest. Keep in mind that Nate covers a large area and tropical storm conditions can occur outside of the narrow “cone of uncertainty.”
Updates from 11 a.m. NWS Weather Briefing: Hurricane Nate is getting stronger and is expected to make landfall this evening as a Category 2 Hurricane (100-105 mph wind speeds) near Gulfport/ Biloxi Mississippi. The possible affects for Northwest Georgia are heavy rain, gusty wind exceeding 40 mph and an increased risk of Tornado threats late tonight into Sunday.
From Floyd EMA Tim Herrington: “Floyd County is currently under a Tropical Storm Watch but we can expect that to change into a Tropical Storm Warning as the day progresses. We can expect rain to begin sometime tonight but the main threat is expected to be sometime afternoon on Sunday into Sunday night.”
Possible Impacts in Floyd County:
- High Gusting Winds
- Heavy Rainfall
- Flash Flooding
- Downed Trees
- Downed Power lines
- Power Outages
- Increased Risk of Tornado Threat
Conditions should begin to improve late Sunday Night into Monday Morning.
The track has continued to shift to include more of our area which has increased the likelihood of tropical storm conditions in northwestern Georgia. Initial landfall is still expected over the Gulf Coast near Mississippi and Louisiana.
After initial landfall, Nate is expected rapidly weaken and make a northeastward turn into the local area. As a result, Nate is expected to bring tropical storm force winds to northwestern portions of Georgia, with maximum sustained winds ranging from 30 to 40 mph and maximum gusts to 40 to 50 mph possible. The strength of the peak winds are ultimately contingent on what strength at which Nate makes initial landfall and how much it weakens.
The westward track would also increase the threat for tornadoes beginning in the southwest across the area late Saturday night and into Monday morning.
Rain and possible tornadic activity will begin before the arrival of the strongest winds, and continue throughout the event. Rainfall will begin on Saturday as the storm approaches and continue into Monday afternoon. The threat for tornadic activity will increase late Saturday and last through Monday morning. The strongest winds are expected to arrive on early Sunday and remain until early Monday morning.
HURRICANE STATEMENT-SITUATION OVERVIEW
(As of 5:30 p.m. Saturday) Hurricane Nate continues to progress north northwest over the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to make landfall along the northern Gulf coast overnight tonight. Weakening is expected after landfall, and the storm is expected to track across Alabama and northern Georgia as a Tropical
Storm through Sunday and Sunday night. It should be noted that impacts from heavy rain and potential tornadoes will precede the most significant winds with this system and are possible as early as tonight.
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 north of a line from Rome, to Dawsonville, to Homer with locally higher amounts possible.
* WIND: Prepare for hazardous wind having possible limited impacts across much of north Georgia north of I-85. Potential impacts in this area include:
– 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.
* TORNADOES: Prepare for a tornado event having possible limited impacts across NORTH AND CENTRAL GEORGIA. Potential impacts include:
– 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.
* FLOODING RAIN: Prepare for locally hazardous rainfall flooding having possible limited impacts across NORTH AND CENTRAL GEORGIA. Potential impacts include:
– Localized rainfall flooding may prompt a few evacuations.
– Rivers and tributaries may quickly rise with swifter currents. Small streams, creeks, and ditches may become swollen and overflow in spots.
– Flood waters can enter a few structures, especially in usually vulnerable spots. A few places where rapid ponding of water occurs at underpasses, low-lying spots, and poor drainage areas. Several storm drains and retention ponds become near-full and begin to overflow. Some brief road and bridge closures.
* OTHER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION:Now is the time to check your emergency plan and take necessary actions to secure your home or business. Deliberate efforts should be underway to protect life and property. Ensure that your Emergency Supplies Kit is stocked and ready. When making safety and preparedness decisions, do not focus on the exact forecast track as there are inherent forecast uncertainties which must be taken into account. Always heed the advice of local officials and comply with any orders that are issued. Do not needlessly jeopardize your life or the lives of others.
Saturday: A slight chance of showers between 1pm and 2pm, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Areas of fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 83. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Saturday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 8pm. Low around 71. Southeast wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Sunday: Tropical storm conditions possible. Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. High near 79. Chance of precipitation is 90%.
Sunday Night: Tropical storm conditions possible. Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Low around 72. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
Columbus Day: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. High near 83. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
Monday Night: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Cloudy, with a low around 70. Chance of precipitation is 60%.