COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The threat of strong to severe storms returns to the Chattahoochee Valley on Monday afternoon and lasts through the early hours of Tuesday in the form of a squall line.
Here's the latest update at of 10:45 a.m. from Storm Team 9:
Here's what you need to know:
- SYSTEM: It's now to our west over Texas and has already done a number for them and will continue to bring weather problems for much of the eastern half of the US.
- THREATS: For us in the Valley our threat of severe weather is low, again but not zero. We're mainly anticipating strong gusty winds and heavy rainfall. For Monday we could see anywhere from under an inch of rain in our southern counties to 1-2 inches in our northern counties. Again, the threat of an isolated tornado is low but bears watching and anticipating. Right now our Eastern AL counties have the largest risk of seeing severe storms but again it's low.
- TIMING: The timing of this will be after lunch - most likely beginning around 3 p.m. ET and lasting through the evening hours. If the front that moves through begins to stall and slow down it could the dicey weather into the early hours of Tuesday.
- EFFECTS: The rivers, creeks, and ponds that are already seeing flooding problems will continue to see problems. Downed trees are a huge probability with already saturated grounds and gusty winds.
- PREPARE: Have a way to get watches and warnings - either with a NOAA Weather Radio, our WTVM Weather mobile app or by texting your county name to 40909. Go over your severe weather safety plan. Make sure your kids know it if you're going to be work. Don't scare them just prepare them.
- FLOODING PROBLEMS: The threat of heavy rain sticks with us through Thursday so the rainfall totals will be even higher as we go through the week. This again will be our main concern. What to do in a flooding event - avoid flood waters, seek higher ground and DO NOT DRIVE IN TO FLOODED ROADWAYS.
You can view the watches in our viewing area - you can click here to see what cities are included. Remember to follow along at the following links if severe weather threatens:
Watches mean severe weather is possible - just be weather aware. Warnings mean severe weather is happening and you need to go to a safe place. In a tornado warning, it's a small room, lowest floor, near the center, and away from windows. Check back with us for more updates and check with WTVM Weather for continuous weather coverage in our viewing area.
MOBILE USERS: Click here to view a slideshow of flooding across West Georgia and East Alabama.