The first tropical storm of the hurricane season is expected to sideswipe Middle Georgia with abundant rain and the potential for flooding.
Parts of the midstate already have been deluged from Tropical Storm Andrea.
Between 4 p.m. Wednesday and 4 p.m. Thursday, the Middle Georgia Regional Airport in south Bibb County picked up 3.62 inches of rain, including 2.57 inches in one hour Wednesday evening, according to the National Weather Service.
That 24-hour tally is more rainfall than the Macon area typically gets in a 30-day period this time of year.
Macon picked up another .29 of an inch of rain between 4 p.m. Thursday at 4 a.m. Friday.
In central Laurens County, at least four roads flooded Wednesday night as well as two more about five miles southeast of Dexter near Cadwell. In the Dodge County community of Chester, 5 inches of rain fell by late Wednesday.
The National Weather Service issued a flood watch until 8 p.m. Friday for a large portion of the midstate.
Although river flooding is the main concern, isolated flash flooding is also possible with heavy rain bands and thunderstorms expected in communities already saturated by recent rain.
At 5 a.m. Thursday, the Ocmulgee River in Macon hit 9.92 feet, a little more than 8 feet below flood stage of 18 feet.
The river receded to about 9.5 feet before slowly rising through the day Thursday.
It was at 10.76 feet as of 3:30 a.m. Friday.
The river is projected to crest at 11.8 feet Saturday, which is still well below flood stage.
The crest is subject to change depending on the amount of rain.
To contact writer Liz Fabian, call 744-4303.