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Flood warning issued for area
This National Weather Service graphic shows the storm moving across the Southeast early Thursday. Colors are enhanced to make the clouds stand out. - photo by NOAA graphic
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The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for our area for tonight through Friday night.
Much of the state has been put on alert for bad weather as a front moves across the state from west to east today, hauling along moisture from the Gulf of Mexico. The northern part of the state has winter weather and wind advisories on top of flood watches and warning.
The rain is forecast to be at least an inch and comes when soil throughout the region is already saturated from weeks of periodic heavy rain.
The NWS, for example, reported the Ogeechee River at Eden was already 4 feet over its 9-foot flood stage Thursday morning. Moderate flooding is already reported in the area and the level is expected to rise another half foot or so by Saturday.
The watch means flood conditions are possible. So if you're in an area prone to flooding, be prepared to leave your home if water starts to rise toward it. Also, the service advises motorists to never drive into areas where water covers the road. It only takes a foot or two of moving water to sweep a car away.
Forecasters say the rain should move through the area late Friday/early Saturday. Temperatures will drop a few degrees.
The storm should be through our area and Miami in plenty of time for Sunday's Super Bowl.

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