Information from the AJC was used in this report
Road races are like football games. Unless there is lightning, play on.
The City of Atlanta hasn’t ruled out calling off the AJC Peachtree Road Race, but right now it’s a go.
“We are looking to have a great event that might be just a little wet,” Atlanta Police Chief George Turner said
It’s hard to complain about a little rain, considering it hasn’t rained during the AJC Peachtree Road Race since 1974; however that streak will end this year.
“Periods of rain are likely with isolated heavy thundershowers right on through the Fourth of July,” says WSB meteorologist Kirk Mellish.
Mellish is not expecting severe weather during the race though nor lightning, just some light rain.
A flash flood watch remains in effect for all metro Atlanta and north Georgia until Friday morning.
“A wet spring and the fourth wettest June on record has the soil saturated, making excessive rainfall a potentially dangerous flood situation,” says Mellish.
Everyone should get an additional 1-2 inches of rain, with four inches possible in spots.
“Lucky timing will be needed for outdoor activities,” says Mellish.
At least it will not be hot and sticky. High temperatures will only get into the mid-70s for the Fourth.
The rain chance stays at 80 percent for Friday and drops to 60 percent for Saturday. Mellish says high temperatures will stay in the 78-81 range.
The City of Flowery Branch declared a local state of emergency Wednesday night due to the significant rainfall it had seen and the forecast for more showers, Mayor Mike Miller said in a news release.
Cantrell Street was closed where it crosses Flowery Branch Creek, and the city was moving forward on a temporary bridge for Spring Street, he said. The mayor said the measures were proactive and there had not been any structural failures.
There were reports of significant flood problems in Union County, with up to 6 inches of rain in isolated areas. Parts of the western suburbs got upto 5 inches yesterday.
In Cobb County, Church Street at Flagler Street in Smyrna was shut down because power poles were damaged, Channel 2 Action News reported. Police asked drivers to avoid the area.