Parts of Middle Georgia under flood, tornado watch

Parts of Middle Georgia are under a flood watch and tornado watch this morning, as heavy rain and storms are moving through the area.

Roads throughout the area are having minor flooding problems. Motorists are urged to use caution as water is puddling on roads and storm drains are backing up after days of heavy rain.

In Macon, Broadway is flooded and closed at Raines Avenue.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the Ocmulgee River in Bibb, Houston, Jones, Monroe and Twiggs counties.

Recent heavy rains mean the Ocmulgee River is flooding but will not reach anywhere near the weekend level of over 23 feet.

At 7 a.m. the river was at 18.2 feet and rising. It is expected to crest near 18.9 feet this afternoon which is less than a foot over flood stage of 18 feet.

At 19 feet minor flooding is reported on the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail, which was submerged in most places Sunday.

The tornado watch, which is in effect until 3 p.m. today, includes mainly the southern part of the midstate, including Warner Robins and Dublin.

A line of thunderstorms moved through the area around 6 a.m. Severe thunderstorms are possible today and tonight with the greatest threat west of a line from Carrolton to Warner Robins to Vidalia.

While the main threat this morning is hail, this afternoon the wind shear will increase which means damaging winds and isolated tornadoes are possible along with large hail.

Earlier this morning, rescue crews responded to an accident with injuries at the split with Interstate 16 west and Interstate 75. The accident happened shortly after 6:30 a.m. during heavy rain.

At about 6:40 a.m., Bibb County authorities were dispatched to a report of an accident on I-475 south at the I-75 split.

A tree fell across power lines and caught fire at Jeffersonville Road at Ocmulgee East Industrial Boulevard at about 6:20 a.m. as the strong thunderstorm blew through.

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