Although it looks like south Georgia will be bypassed by the worst of Tropical Storm Isaac, the region will see heavy rains and potential flooding in the next 24 to 48 hours.
According to the National Weather Service, a flash flood warning issued Monday afternoon will stay in effect until today, and may be extended through tomorrow. Affected areas include Lowndes, Lanier, Brooks, Cook, Colquitt, Thomas, Berrien, Tift and several others in the region.
“Most rainfall totals through Tuesday morning will range from 1 to 3 inches, with isolated totals up to 6 inches possible if the heavy rain bands set up over the same location for multiple hours. This could cause flash flooding in low lying areas,” states the warning.
Residents of these areas are asked to be vigilant through the day today as already saturated ground will create numerous flooding and other issues.
Lowndes County Emergency Management also issued a warning concerning the storm, stating the county is
expected to receive up to 4 or 6 inches over the next two or three days. The biggest danger locally, other than the potential for flash floods, is the potential for falling trees.
In a press release, LCEM states, “Over the last week, E-911 has experienced a higher number of calls reporting
fallen trees than usual. This being the case, additional rain and light to moderate winds may cause additional trees to fall.
Falling trees have the potential to impact power lines which may result in temporary power outages.”
LCEM also urges motorists to be aware that storms of this nature come in rain bands which are heavy periods of rain followed by a brief calm. However, the calm is simply an interlude between the rain bands.
The National Weather Service stated late Monday that Isaac has the potential to strengthen to a Category One hurricane by this morning before making landfall in the Gulf Coast region in the afternoon and evening hours, in the same area that Hurricane Katrina devastated in 2005 — on Aug. 29.