Macon already picked up an inch of rain in four hours today with a strong low pressure system sweeping across the state. Up to an inch more is possible through tonight.
The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the Ocmulgee river and is holding a flood watch until 7 p.m. tonight with up to three inches of rain forecast for central and northern portions of the state.
Rivers, creeks and streams could rise rapidly as soil moisture remains high. The Ocmulgee River in Macon had risen to 14.61 feet at 10:45 a.m. from about 14 feet at about 4:30 a.m. The river is expected to reach flood stage of 18 feet by Saturday night. The Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service expects the Ocmulgee to reach a crest of 19.5 feet by Monday although the forecast could change if rainfall does not reach projections.
As of 9 a.m. the heaviest bands of rain were dumping up to a half-inch per hour. Motorists report ponding on roads and authorities urge drivers to use caution.
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A wind advisory expired at 10 a.m. as the winds are expected to die down once the low moves out of the area. Gusts of 26 miles per hour were recorded at the Middle Georgia Regional Airport shortly after midnight.