ATLANTA - Strong storms and heavy rain caused flooding across parts of north Georgia.
Severe Weather Team 2 Chief Meteorologist Glenn Burns said isolated storms dumped more than 5 inches of rain across Cedartown Tuesday afternoon in a matter of about three hours, causing flash flooding.
Channel 2’s Nefertiti Jaquez drove up to Cedartown where residents said the rain was unprecedented.
“We’ve never seen it like this,” resident Kris Hulsey said.
Hulsey said he and his wife Sara were caught off guard when they got home from work and found their home under water.
“I need to get some of my belongings that are valuables, before my house is gone,” Hulsey said.
The couple who have lived in their house along North Cave Spring Street for about 5 years said they’ve never experienced flooding until powerful storms swept through their neighborhood Tuesday afternoon.
“The bottom half here, the bonus room is about knee deep. It’s getting up there,” Hulsey said about the amount of water now in his home.
By nightfall, some breaks in the storm clouds allowed the floodwaters to start slowly receding, but it wasn’t enough to stop the creek that runs behind their home from overflowing and damaging their property.
“I’m going to have to take the most valuable things and leave the rest,” Hulsey told Jaquez.
The family packed up their kids, their dog and their most prized possessions, with the help of some of Hulsey’s co-workers, and headed out to safer grounds.
What’s worse is that they don’t know if they will have a home to come back to.
“We don’t know how high it’s going to get because it’s supposed to rain the next three days,” Hulsey said.
A flash flood watch remains in effect for most of north Georgia through Thursday.
“Some areas received a month’s-worth of rainfall total in just about three hours this afternoon,” Burns said.
Burns said the amount of rain that fell in parts of Cedartown on Tuesday, was about 137,000 gallons of water per acre of land. Burns said all that water weighs over 1 million pounds.
On Wednesday, the day will start out fairly dry, but the rain will become more widespread throughout the day. By the time school lets out and the evening rush hour begins, most of the metro will be dealing with widespread rain and thunder showers.
Burns said the rain will remain throughout most of the week.
Here is a MINUTE-BY-MINUTE look at Tuesday's storm:
A Flash Flood warning has been issued for Level Creek in Gwinnett County
Braves say tonight's game likely will not start on time.
We will make every effort to play tonight’s game and have been in regular contact with the weather service about the forecast. At this time, it does not appear that we will start on time but we are being told that there may be a window opening at some point.— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) July 31, 2018
We will continue to listen to their input and guidance and will make every effort to keep you informed of any new updates.— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) July 31, 2018
The City of Cedartown has shutdown several roads because of flooding:
Severe Weather Team 2 has received photos of flooding in Cedartown.
Submerged pool in Cedartown, Georgia where over 5" of rain has fallen. Flash flood warning is in effect. pic.twitter.com/O4CLSMDegt— Brad Nitz (@BradNitzWSB) July 31, 2018
Hartsfield-Jackson experience an average of 2 hour delays due to the weather.
A flood warning has been issued for Pew Creek in Gwinnett County until 11:30 p.m.
Severe Weather Team 2 is tracking a lot of heavy rain and lightning across the metro:
Severe Weather Team 2 getting damage reports of a tree down in Chattooga County:
Gwinnett County firefighters are battling several weather-related fires. READ MORE HERE.
Severe Weather Team 2 reports more than 5 inches of rain has fallen in Cedartown.
As of 4:30 pm over 5 inches of rain has fallen near Cedartown in Polk county. A flash flood warning is in effect. pic.twitter.com/5sgJOgZ2OM— Brad Nitz (@BradNitzWSB) July 31, 2018
Tree cleared at Lenox and Cheshire Bridge:
Triple Team Traffic reporting a tree down has blocked Clairmont Road:
TRAVEL ADVISORY: Dekalb Co.: Tree Down: Clairmont Rd. at Century Blvd; road is blocked; avoid; heavy delays; traffic is being re-directed; https://t.co/SO1BQq7Ttx; #ATLtraffic pic.twitter.com/sYkc28YUqV— WSB Radio (@wsbradio) July 31, 2018
Hartsfield-Jackson experiencing delays because of the weather
Severe Weather Team 2 Chief Meteorologist Glenn Burns said nearly 5 inches of rain has fallen in Cedartown in just the last 3 hours.
Due to slow moving storms and tropical air, rainfall really adding up. Nearly 5" in the last 3 hrs for Cedartown pic.twitter.com/w3LWzelgr5— Glenn Burns (@GlennBurnsWSB) July 31, 2018
MARTA says a loss of trackway power is causing delays at the Avondale MARTA station
Loss of trackway power at Avondale @MARTASERVICE station is causing delays on the Blue Line. Stay with Channel 2 for minute-by-minute updates: https://t.co/T3kOkozOss #StormWatchOn2 pic.twitter.com/jP2XT5HkcQ— WSB-TV (@wsbtv) July 31, 2018
Channel 2's Tony Thomas reports rain has started moving into Gwinnett County:
Rain has begun falling in parts of #gwinnettcounty , while other parts remain in clear (for now).Be sure to watch @wsbtv starting at 4 for when and where it could impact your commute! https://t.co/8XmoCg7BEB pic.twitter.com/82h908eLlb— Tony Thomas (@TonyThomasWSB) July 31, 2018
Widespread heavy rain causing flooding concerns across North Georgia and metro Atlanta.
Widespread heavy rain causing flooding concerns across North Georgia and metro Atlanta, plus intense lightning being produced by these storms. @glennburnswsb @bradnitzwsb are tracking where they’re headed and how long they last starting at 4. pic.twitter.com/p4MToQ0LWx— Katie Walls (@KatieWallsWSB) July 31, 2018
The Van's Warped Tour concert has delayed their start time because of the rain
🚨ATTENTION ATLANTA🚨— Vans Warped Tour (@VansWarpedTour) July 31, 2018
we are putting the show on a 20 minute hold due to weather. Please either make your way over to the amphitheater or to your cars. Stay safe, we’ll see you soon!
Delays along I-285 near Camp Creek as weather causes wreck
#TRAVELADVISORY I-285/nb (Inner Loop) at Camp Creek (Exit 2), crash two left lanes. Delays all portions of I-285 in area. I-75/85 is jammed in the rain as an alternate. Better to use Hwy. 29 thru East Point. #ATLtraffic https://t.co/2hvjWkI3bV pic.twitter.com/lwE1s8REaL— AJC WSB Traffic (@ajcwsbtraffic) July 31, 2018
Channel 2's Tom Regan reports heavy rain falling in the Marietta area.
Severe Weather Team 2 says large amounts of rain have fallen in the last 2 hours across parts of the metro:
Severe Weather Team 2 Chief Meteorologist Glenn Burns is getting reports of flooded roads in Woodstock.
We're hearing reports of road flooding in Woodstock. Noonday Creek Trail is closed between Dupree Road to Highway 92 until crews give the all clear. #StormWatchOn2— Glenn Burns (@GlennBurnsWSB) July 31, 2018
A flash flood warning has been issued for Polk County until 8:15 p.m. The National Weather Service is warning people to move to higher ground.
A flash flood watch has been issued for Wednesday and Thursday. 2-4" rainfall is likely which may lead to flooding. pic.twitter.com/GUa9Sw5l3K— Brad Nitz (@BradNitzWSB) July 31, 2018
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