Ida brings minor flooding to Ocmulgee River in Macon, strong winds and scattered power outage

Heavy rains from Tropical Storm Ida have pushed the Ocmulgee River out of its banks prompting a flood warning through Friday in Macon. Strong winds have also prompted a wind advisory through 7 p.m. tonight but a flash flood watch expires at 7 a.m. today..

After about 2.7 inches of rain since early Tuesday the river was 18.97 feet at 3:30 a.m. today which is nearly a foot over flood stage of 18 feet.

The river is expected to crest at about 22.3 feet early Friday afternoon and fall below flood stage by Sunday.

The Ocmlugee Heritage Trail floods at 19 feet and is expected to be closed until flood waters recede this weekend.

Winds of 15 to 30 miles per hour are forecast for Central Georgia today and gusts could reach 35 to 40 miles per hour.

At 5 a.m. today a tree toppled over onto power lines near Macon's Pinecrest Road and General Winship Drive triggering power outages around Riverside Drive. Trees will be vulnerable with the wet ground and gusty winds.