Tornado Watch for Middle Georgia, flooding possible

lfabian@macon.comApril 7, 2014 

Unstable air could fire up severe thunderstorms Monday and flash flooding for much of Georgia.

The National Weather Service issued a Tornado Watch until 4 p.m. as conditions are favorable for severe weather.

The watch area covers parts of Middle Georgia, including Laurens, Bleckley and Pulaski counties, and those east of there.

The greatest threat will be in east central Georgia this afternoon where tornadoes, damaging straight line winds and large hail are possible.

A flash flood watch is posted through 2 a.m. Tuesday as heavy rain could produce significant runoff and flooding of rivers, creeks and streams.

As of 3:30 a.m. Monday, the Ocmulgee River was at 7.36 feet in Macon, but quickly rose a couple of feet by late morning after more than an inch rain.

The Ocmulgee is expected to crest Thursday at just below flood stage of 18 feet.

The river forecast is subject to change depending on how much rain falls with this storm system.

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