ATLANTA — A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for north Georgia as Hurricane Zeta races for the state. Final preparations are underway from local emergency managements and power companies.
Hurricane Zeta is a Category 1 storm with maximum sustained winds at 85 mph. The storm made landfall in Louisiana stronger than expected, which means potential impacts for Georgia could also be stronger.
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Tropical storm-force winds are expected to move into Georgia overnight. Winds of 45-65 mph with isolated gusts of up to 70 mph are possible, according to Severe Weather Team 2.
There is also the risk of flooding and possible weak tornadoes.
Watch Channel 2 Action News This Morning starting at 4 a.m. for the latest path and impacts Zeta will bring to Georgia.
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With gusts 45-60 mph, with isolated 70 mph gusts trees and powerlines will fall. Numerous to Extensive power outages expected across metro Atlanta and north Georgia by morning.— Brad Nitz (@BradNitzWSB) October 29, 2020
I'm breaking down the latest timing and threats live on Channel 2 at 11 pm. pic.twitter.com/iqTJFOKB2Q
Hurricane Zeta made landfall stronger than expected, that means the wind for us will be stronger too. Isolated gusts to 70 mph are possible. I have the latest impacts on Channel 2. pic.twitter.com/PvwtUl7c5G— Brad Nitz (@BradNitzWSB) October 28, 2020
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Several metro Atlanta school districts have announced that classes or canceled or will move to virtual learning Thursday.
Here’s what to know for Thursday:
- Much of north Georgia is under Tropical Storm Warning and a flash flood watch
- Tropical storm force winds, heavy rain and flooding come with system
- Isolated weak tornadoes are possible into Thursday morning
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