Gwinnett County residents are being warned that they will see heavy rains, and possibly flooding, this weekend as Tropical Storm Claudette moves through the area.
The National Weather Service's Peachtree City office announced Gwinnett is one of several Georgia counties that will be under a Flash Flood Watch from 2 p.m. Saturday until 8 p.m. Sunday, although it is possible rains will continue into Monday. The storm was a tropical cyclone until it reached tropical storm strength hours before making landfall in Louisiana Friday night.
The storm was moving northeast through south Mississippi on Friday afternoon. It is on a track that is expected to take the center of the storm through the metro Atlanta area around 1 p.m. Sunday. The weather service has not ruled out the possibility of brief tornadoes along or southeast of Interstate 85 on Saturday and Sunday.
"A tropical low pressure system will bring heavy rainfall to portions of Georgia today and Sunday," National Weather Service forecasters said in an advisory update on Saturday. "Rainfall totals of 3 to 5 inches are expected over the watch area, with higher amounts to 6 inches possible over portions of western and north Georgia. Quickly accumulating rainfall will easily allow for efficient runoff and increase flash flooding potential."
The storm track released Saturday morning showed the storm's expected path north of Atlanta has shifted eastward somewhat. The storm projection cone that shows where Claudette's center could go does include Gwinnett County, however.
Weather service officials are urging residents to monitor weather forecasts and be prepared to take action in case forecasters have to issue a Flash Flood Warning.
The agency said it is possible that creeks and streams could rise above their banks and flood fields, roads, homes and businesses. Road closures is another issue residents need to be on the look out for in case streets begin to flood, according to the weather service.