Valdosta Daily Times

March 17, 2014

More wet weather expected after rough Sunday

Terry Richards
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Though there were scattered reports of power outages and downed tree limbs Sunday, an afternoon-long tornado watch resulted in no twisters for South Georgia, just lots of rain and wind.

“There was a severe thunderstorm warning, but no tornadoes,” said Alex Lamers, a metrologist for the National Weather Service in Tallahassee, Fla.

A cold front crossing through the area Sunday brought the rainfall, according to NWS forecasts. The strongest weather was off to Valdosta’s west, around Alabama and the Florida Panhandle, Lamers said.

“Strong wind and heavy rain were the main hazards,” he said.

The tornado watch gave way around 6 p.m. to a flash flood watch, originally scheduled to end this evening, but as of Sunday, there had not been many reports of flooding, he said. The flash flood watch was cancelled late Sunday.

The focus of the flooding is expected to be south of Valdosta, around Florida’s Apalachee Bay area, Lamers said. He said he saw the flash-flood threat around Valdosta possibly diminishing.

The heavy rain Sunday brought two inches to Tallahassee in a little more than three hours, while Moody Air Force Base registered three-quarters of an inch in about the same period, Lamers said. Valdosta could easily pick up another half-inch to an inch, he said.