Heavy rains kill seven in Georgia

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 1:27 PM GMT on September 22, 2009

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Very heavy rains exceeding fifteen inches have soaked the Atlanta, Georgia region over the past two days, triggering widespread major flooding. Record flood levels have been observed on seven rivers and creeks in the Atlanta area, breaking records that had been set as long ago as 1919. In one case, the new flood record (for Utoy Creek near Atlanta), was more that ten feet above the previous record, with the creek still rising. The Chattahoochee River was one of the rivers that rose to record levels, and flood waters from the Chattahoochee crested over the I-285 bridge in western Atlanta, forcing closure of the expressway. At least seven people have been killed, according to ajc.com, with at least six people still missing.


Figure 1. Radar estimated rainfall for the Atlanta, Georgia region ending on September 22. More than 15 inches (white colors) had fallen in and around Atlanta.

A list of the records set so far:

Noonday Creek near Woodstock 19.66 ft 21/530 PM, old record 16.30 ft (07/11/2005)

Nickajack Creek at Mableton 19.30 ft 22/215 am, old record 16.60 ft (07/11/2005)

North Fork Peachtree Creek at Atlanta 18.07 ft 21/715 PM, old record 17.70 ft (09/16/2004)

Utoy Creek near Atlanta 27.04 ft 22/715 am, old record 16.86 ft (05/06/2003)...still rising

Chattahoochee River at Whitesburg 29.58 ft 21/1015 PM, old record 29.11 ft (12/11/1919)

Suwanee Creek at Suwanee 14.30 ft 21/645 PM, old record 12.04 ft (10/05/1996)

Yellow River at Lithonia 25.50 ft 22/515 am, old record 17.53 ft (05/07/2003)... nearly steady

Yellow River near Conyers 20.80 ft 22/730 am, old record 16.36 ft (07/08/2005) below Milstead...still rising

Chattahoochee River at Franklin 28.71 ft 22/715 am, old record 28.40 ft (12/15/1919)...still rising

The strong flow of moist air from the southeast that fueled the heavy rains has diminished today, and no widespread heavy rains will affect northern Georgia over the next few days. However, there will be some scattered thunderstorms in the region the next two days that will dump heavy downpours over local areas, and these thunderstorms will keep flood waters from receding much along some flooded rivers and creeks. It is possible that some additional moisture from the remains of Hurricane Fred will affect northern Georgia and South Carolina Wednesday and Thursday, boosting rainfall totals from these scattered thunderstorms.


Figure 2. AVHRR visible satellite image of Hurricane Hugo taken on September 22, 1989. Hugo was over Ohio at this time, and had finally been declared extratropical.

Twenty years ago today
Hurricane Hugo plowed through the center of South Carolina on September 22, 1989, reaching the North Carolina border 140 miles inland by 8am EDT. Amazingly, Hugo remained at hurricane strength for its entire passage through South Carolina--a full eight hours. The hurricane caused massive damage to forests, buildings, and power lines along the way, killing thirteen South Carolinans in total. Charlotte, North Carolina, over 200 miles inland, and a place of refuge for many South Carolinans that fled the storm, received sustained winds of 69 mph from Hugo--just below the 74-mph threshold of hurricane strength. Hugo turned northwards and roared through Virginia, where it killed six people, then into West Virginia and Ohio, where it was finally declared extratropical at 2pm EDT on the 22nd. The hurricane claimed its final victim near Buffalo, New York, when winds from Hugo toppled a tree onto a motorist.

In all, Hugo did $7 billion in damage to the continental U.S., and $10 billion over its entire path ($17.6 billion in 2009 dollars), making it the most costly hurricane ever at that time. The final death toll was 56.


Figure 3. Maximum wind gusts recorded from Hurricane Hugo of 1989. Wind gusts in excess of 80 mph (green hatched areas) were recorded all the way to the North Carolina border, 140 miles inland. Image credit: National Hurricane Center.

There are no threat areas in the Atlantic to discuss today, and none of our reliable computer models are forecasting tropical storm development over the next seven days.

Jeff Masters

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Quoting IKE:


Where do you live?




I'm ready for a change. It starts about March....7 months of it....so far.



AMEN IKE... You are preaching to the choir, reverend Ike...
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Quoting tornadodude:


dont you mean tacoman? lol


Yea he was ridin shotgun
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Quoting will40:


I think i saw Stormtop out there in a cropduster taking readings


dont you mean tacoman? lol
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Quoting StSimonsIslandGAGuy:
FredEx just 140 miles due east of me now :)


I think i saw Stormtop out there in a cropduster taking readings
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Quoting StSimonsIslandGAGuy:
FredEx just 140 miles due east of me now :)

i hope its not a heavily watery package.
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Quoting will40:
lol@chan saw


when he said that, I pictured Jackie Chan bundled up and karate chopping trees
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Quoting watcher123:
268

Sorry but I think you have come to the wrong blog. This is a weather blog, not a religious blog. The religious blog is 2 doors down on the left.

*POOF*
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lol@chan saw
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Quoting will40:
lol uh hu specially whe ice was gonna come help me cut firewood


haha yeah, with his "chan" saw
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Quoting tornadodude:


haha I remember that :P that definitely made it interesting last night
lol uh hu specially whe ice was gonna come help me cut firewood
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Quoting will40:


NC heres what happened. i was sittin here last nite and glanced at my weather favorites in WU i saw Emerald Isle temperature 1degreeF . i says that a bigggggggggggg mistake lol. So i typed in my zip and it says 5degresF/ feels like 73 lmao


haha I remember that :P that definitely made it interesting last night
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Quoting IKE:


Where do you live?




I'm ready for a change. It starts about March....7 months of it....so far.



NC heres what happened. i was sittin here last nite and glanced at my weather favorites in WU i saw Emerald Isle temperature 1degreeF . i says that a bigggggggggggg mistake lol. So i typed in my zip and it says 5degresF/ feels like 73 lmao
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chicklit- haha yeah, understandable tho :P
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485. IKE
Quoting PcolaDan:


And for reason I decided to mow the lawn today. What was I thinking.

On another note, water everywhere.
FLASH FLOOD WARNING RALEIGH NC - KRAH 842 PM EDT TUE SEP 22 2009
FLASH FLOOD WARNING JACKSON MS - KJAN 656 PM CDT TUE SEP 22 2009
FLASH FLOOD WARNING MEMPHIS TN - KMEG 643 PM CDT TUE SEP 22 2009
FLASH FLOOD WARNING BROWNSVILLE TX - KBRO 631 PM CDT TUE SEP 22 2009
FLASH FLOOD WARNING BIRMINGHAM AL - KBMX 614 PM CDT TUE SEP 22 2009
FLASH FLOOD WARNING MEMPHIS TN - KMEG 545 PM CDT TUE SEP 22 2009
SVR T-STORM WARNING BROWNSVILLE TX - KBRO 517 PM CDT TUE SEP 22 2009
FLASH FLOOD WARNING JACKSON MS - KJAN 446 PM CDT TUE SEP 22 2009


Yeah...that's fun too. Soaked in sweat.
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Quoting Orcasystems:


All I know is when you guys start measuring humidity in inches per day... thats to much.. you can have it.


And for reason I decided to mow the lawn today. What was I thinking.

On another note, water everywhere.
FLASH FLOOD WARNING RALEIGH NC - KRAH 842 PM EDT TUE SEP 22 2009
FLASH FLOOD WARNING JACKSON MS - KJAN 656 PM CDT TUE SEP 22 2009
FLASH FLOOD WARNING MEMPHIS TN - KMEG 643 PM CDT TUE SEP 22 2009
FLASH FLOOD WARNING BROWNSVILLE TX - KBRO 631 PM CDT TUE SEP 22 2009
FLASH FLOOD WARNING BIRMINGHAM AL - KBMX 614 PM CDT TUE SEP 22 2009
FLASH FLOOD WARNING MEMPHIS TN - KMEG 545 PM CDT TUE SEP 22 2009
SVR T-STORM WARNING BROWNSVILLE TX - KBRO 517 PM CDT TUE SEP 22 2009
FLASH FLOOD WARNING JACKSON MS - KJAN 446 PM CDT TUE SEP 22 2009
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483. IKE
Quoting will40:
Ike you should have been up here last night. A badddddddddddddddddddddddd coldfront came through


Where do you live?


Quoting Orcasystems:


All I know is when you guys start measuring humidity in inches per day... thats to much.. you can have it.


I'm ready for a change. It starts about March....7 months of it....so far.

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Quoting tornadodude:


haha a rebellious dog, eh? ;)

actually, he's a very good boy, just likes the salt water on his snout!
don't tell me this is fredex...
SHORT TERM FORECAST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MELBOURNE FL
720 PM EDT TUE SEP 22 2009

720 PM EDT TUE SEP 22 2009

.NOW...

WEATHER RADAR WAS SHOWING SHOWERS EXITING THE WESTERN AREAS OF EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA WHILE SHOWERS ASSOCIATED WITH AN EASTERLY WAVE APPROACHING THE BREVARD AND VOLUSIA COUNTY COAST WERE MOVING TO THE SOUTHWEST AT AROUND 10 MPH.

THROUGH 930 PM...RADAR TRENDS SUGGEST THAT THE SHOWERS WILL COME ASHORE ALONG THE COAST BETWEEN DAYTONA BEACH AND CAPE CANAVERAL THE
NEXT COUPLE OF HOURS. A THUNDERSTORM OR TWO MAY BE EMBEDDED IN THE AREAS OF SHOWERS AS THEY APPROACH THE COAST BETWEEN DAYTONA BEACH AND NEW SMYRNA BEACH.

I'm sorry, I gotta laugh lolololol!
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Is the current El Nino played a part in this (to me) early snowfall?
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Quoting obsessedwweather:
UMMMM....somebody tell me...is that Fred close to Florida???? If so, what's going on with it?? Doesn't look organized, however, is the rain/wind coming to FLA???
Rain Yes wind no more than you're used to
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476. watcher123 12:40 AM GMT on September 23, 2009

WT?
P**F
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Quoting IKE:


The humidity and dew point here in the Florida panhandle are as oppressive as I've seen all summer, now fall.

I work up a sweat taking my dogs out for a bathroom break.

I am sooo looking forward to cooler and drier weather.


All I know is when you guys start measuring humidity in inches per day... thats to much.. you can have it.
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Ike you should have been up here last night. A badddddddddddddddddddddddd coldfront came through
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475. IKE
Quoting Orcasystems:
Sure... go the GOM and have a vacation... man you guys weather sucks bigtime right now. RTLSNK is going to need flippers by the time this next one gets there.


AOI

AOI

AOI

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The humidity and dew point here in the Florida panhandle are as oppressive as I've seen all summer, now fall.

I work up a sweat taking my dogs out for a bathroom break.

I am sooo looking forward to cooler and drier weather.
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Quoting gator23:

If these pics show you "roads are a mess" you havent sat in US traffic...

I would hate to sit in evac traffic
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URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DENVER CO
617 PM MDT TUE SEP 22 2009

...HEAVY SNOW LIKELY OVER THE EAST SLOPES OF THE FRONT RANGE AND
THE PALMER DIVIDE TONIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY...

.AN EARLY SEASON STORM SYSTEM CENTERED OVER WEST KANSAS WILL
SPREAD MOISTURE INTO COLORADO FROM THE NORTHEAST TONIGHT AND
WEDNESDAY. SNOW IS ALREADY DEVELOPING OVER THE EAST SLOPES AND
FRONT RANGE FOOTHILLS EARLY THIS EVENING. THE SNOW LEVEL WILL
LOWER TO AROUND 6000 FEET TONIGHT...THEN GRADUALLY RISE DURING THE
DAY ON WEDNESDAY. WITH WARM GROUND TEMPERATURES THERE WILL BE
CONSIDERABLE MELTING AND HEAVY ACCUMULATIONS WILL BE LIMITED TO
ELEVATIONS ABOVE 6500 FEET. ROADS WILL LIKELY BECOME SLUSHY OR
SNOWPACKED IN THE HIGHER FOOTHILLS AND OVER THE MOUNTAIN
PASSES...AND POSSIBLY ALONG THE SUMMIT OF MONUMENT HILL ON
INTERSTATE 25. AT LOWER ELEVATIONS VISIBILITIES MAY BE LIMITED BY
HEAVY SNOWFALL AND SPLASH BACK FROM STANDING WATER.

COZ033>036-230630-
/O.CON.KBOU.WS.W.0010.090923T0600Z-090924T0000Z/
SOUTH AND EAST JACKSON/LARIMER/NORTH AND NORTHEAST GRAND/
NORTHWEST BOULDER COUNTIES ABOVE 9000 FEET-
SOUTH AND SOUTHEAST GRAND/WEST CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST BOULDER/
GILPIN/CLEAR CREEK/SUMMIT/NORTH AND WEST PARK COUNTIES ABOVE
9000 FEET-LARIMER AND BOULDER COUNTIES BETWEEN 6000 AND 9000 FEET-
JEFFERSON AND WEST DOUGLAS COUNTIES ABOVE 6000 FEET/GILPIN/CLEAR
CREEK/NORTHEAST PARK COUNTIES BELOW 9000 FEET-
INCLUDING...CAMERON PASS...BRECKENRIDGE...WINTER PARK...
ESTES PARK...GLENDEVEY...NEDERLAND...EVERGREEN
617 PM MDT TUE SEP 22 2009

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT
TO 6 PM MDT WEDNESDAY...

A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO
6 PM MDT WEDNESDAY.

SNOW WILL BECOME WIDESPREAD BY LATER THIS EVENING AND BECOME HEAVY AT
TIMES THROUGH WEDNESDAY. SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS BY LATE WEDNESDAY
AFTERNOON WILL RANGE FROM 6 TO 16 INCHES
AT ELEVATIONS ABOVE 7000
FEET. LOWER ELEVATIONS MAY HAVE HEAVY SNOWFALL...BUT LESS
ACCUMULATION DUE TO MELTING.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

REMEMBER...A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS HAZARDOUS WINTER WEATHER
CONDITIONS ARE IMMINENT OR HIGHLY LIKELY. SIGNIFICANT SNOW
ACCUMULATIONS ARE OCCURRING OR EXPECTED. STRONG WINDS ARE ALSO
POSSIBLE. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE.

&&

$$

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Quoting CycloneOz:
Here, watch a better version in HD



That was very interesting! Thank you for sharing! Biloxi, MS
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Quoting GeoffreyWPB:
Most parts of Fla. have been lucky this year in receiving decent rainfall amounts. The rainy season will be coming to an end soon. Looking forward to the cooler weather.
That makes two of us!
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Quoting AussieStorm:

Sydney is in chaos, airport is closed, Sydney harbour ferries have been stopped, Trains are running at reduced speeds, roads are a mess.










If these pics show you "roads are a mess" you havent sat in US traffic...
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Quoting Dakster:
BTW - I didn't know Australia was prone to dust storms... Is this a "common" event or very rare?

When the conditions are right it can happen, just like the Victorian bush-fires earlier this year.
Its all due to a very strong cold front bringing winds of between 65km/h and 100km/h+, little rain in western parts of NSW, strong winds + dry soil= Dust storm
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468. 789
mr ducks mr not ducks osar ducks
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Bondi Beach 8:45am




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BTW - I didn't know Australia was prone to dust storms... Is this a "common" event or very rare?
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Quoting AussieStorm:

Yeah, its pretty bad
earlier its was a deep red now its like a browny/red.
I thought I was dreaming when i woke up this morning.
Most likely going to take a day or two for the west winds to blow it all out into the Tasman?
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Sure... go the GOM and have a vacation... man you guys weather sucks bigtime right now. RTLSNK is going to need flippers by the time this next one gets there.


AOI

AOI

AOI

AOI

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Alright, is UPS making a special rain delivery to Florida then?
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Thanks Sea!
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Central Atlantic Loop
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Quoting Tazmanian:
fred-EX had made land fall in NC today



its no where near FL


Main Fred-ex, yes.

But I'm with StormW in saying it split. Does it really matter, for laymen, what it is called exactly?

Fred-ex was there. Some of the activity went NW and some went SW.
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ENSO gives a cooler than normal winter for SE as well as wetter.
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Quoting superpete:
Quoting Aus' StormSydney is in chaos, airport is closed, Sydney harbour ferries have been stopped, Trains are running at reduced speeds, roads are a mess.

Aussie: From the news it is affecting a large swath of NSW? Family in N.Sydney just sent me a news link on news.com.au

Yeah, its pretty bad
earlier its was a deep red now its like a browny/red.
I thought I was dreaming when i woke up this morning.
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fred-EX had made land fall in NC today



its no where near FL
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To change the text in the link you can either modify it directly after doing the link (find the word Link and change it), or you can type the words, then select the text and hit the link button.
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Most parts of Fla. have been lucky this year in receiving decent rainfall amounts. The rainy season will be coming to an end soon. Looking forward to the cooler weather.
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Quoting Aus' StormSydney is in chaos, airport is closed, Sydney harbour ferries have been stopped, Trains are running at reduced speeds, roads are a mess.

Aussie: From the news it is affecting a large swath of NSW? Family in N.Sydney just sent me a news link on news.com.au
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FredEx making a special delivery to Florida? I guess it will fill up Lake O, which isn't so low at the moment.
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Rookie ?. How do you change the name of a link to a sentence? Like what you just did Seastep.
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451. tornadodude
12:12 AM GMT on September 23, 2009
we doubled our rainfall for this month today
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