Rain puts damper on weekend events

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ATLANTA - Widespread rain has forced several organizers to change their itineraries for events scheduled this weekend.

A neighborhood jazz concert at John A. White Park on Cascade Circle was rescheduled for a later date, organizers said.

Both the Shaky Knees Festival and Derby Day 2013, sponsored by the Shepherd Center’s Junior Committee, however, will go on as planned. And unless it is raining at show time, organizers said the Shakespeare Festival will also go on.

Saturday’s game between the Braves and the New York Mets at Turner Field was postponed due to the rain. A make-up date will be set. No word on Sunday afternoon’s game but it won’t be a doubleheader.

Organizers postponed the Sweet Auburn Music Fest Saturday due to the rain. It was rescheduled for May 18.

“Widespread, and at times, heavy rain will continue on through Saturday afternoon, evening and overnight into Sunday,” said Severe Weather Team 2 meteorologist Brad Nitz.

Overcast skies and up to 4 inches of rainfall is expected. Nitz warns metro-area residents to look out for rising water in creeks and roadways as the flood watch continues until Sunday at 8 p.m. Cobb, Cherokee, Bartow, Forsyth, Paulding, Gwinnett and north Fulton counties are included in the watch, which extends northward into the mountain counties.

Metro Atlanta and north Georgia are also under a wind advisory until 10 p.m. Gusts of up to 35 mph may bring down some trees with the wet ground, Nitz said.

Police are investigating several accidents that may be associated with showers that soaked the metro area, which is under a flood watch until Sunday night.

Drivers on Interstate 20 westbound in Douglasville dealt with afternoon delays after a tree fell across several lanes between the Lee and Fairburn road exits. Crews removed the tree and reopened all lanes around noon. Authorities tell Channel 2 Action News that there were no reports of injuries.


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A tractor-trailer flipped on its side on Interstate 285 near Interstate 20 in northwest Atlanta Saturday morning. The wreck shut down two lanes as authorities investigated the accident, which didn't cause any injuries, police said.

Bridge work over Big Creek in Alpharetta has been postponed due to inclement weather. City leaders now plan to close McGinnis Ferry Road between Union Hill Road and McFarland Parkway next weekend to resume construction. People will only have access to businesses inside that corridor, officials said.

Georgia Power said 3,900 outages have been reported in the state, 3,500 in metro Atlanta and 1,000 outages were reported in East Point.

Saturday’s temperature will reach 57 degrees, which is 20 degrees below the average temperature this time of year. He said residents will see some drying around Tuesday when the sunshine returns. Temperatures will reach the 70s by midweek.

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