Metro Atlanta’s wet weekend leads to one more day with some rain in the forecast.
The National Weather Service has extended the flood watch for Bartow and Paulding counties in metro Atlanta until 8 p.m. Monday and WSB meteorologist Kirk Mellish is calling for more scattered showers mid-day through tonight.
“The closed upper level low pressure system that has been swirling around and plaguing our weekend weather continues to linger,” Mellish said. “But slowly it will be weakening and lifting off to the northeast.”
But that won’t happen until Tuesday. Until then Mellish is calling for a 70 percent chance of showers Monday with dry periods and areas inbetween. It will be cooler as well, with high temperatures in the upper 50s to low 60s and lows back down in the mid to upper 40s.
Any new rain will just be isolated for the rest of the week. But that’s it. Mellish is calling for a nice partly sunny days Tuesday and Wednesday with highs in the mid-70s. There will be a sun cloud mix Thursday and Friday with temperatures nudging near the low 80s.
This storm system has already been a record setter. Some areas of metro Atlanta have picked up four inches of rain in the last two days. Atlanta picked up 3.4 inches Saturday, which is a record for the date.
There are also flood warnings for the following rivers and creeks: Yellow River, Flint River, Middle Oconee River, Big Creek, Chattahoochee River (Carroll and Coweta counties), Etowah River, South River and Sweetwater Creek. All are near or above flood stage.
Woodstock authorities closed Rope Mill Park because of the rising level of the Little River. Heritage Park is also closed in Canton.
The soaked soil has been too much for many trees. They’ve down power lines, houses, cars and whatever else was in the way. As many as 3,200 Georgia Power customers have been in the dark.
One of those falling trees crashed through Rosa Woodard’s home and car on Cahaba Drive in northwest Atlanta.
"The lights start to dim, we smell smoke. We open the door, we see the tree, we (are) freaking out. My grandkids are screaming and yelling at the top of their lungs," Woodard told Channel 2 Action News.
The slick roads are being blamed for two separate deadly crashes on I-20 out in Greene County. The Georgia State Patrol a passenger was killed when a Honda crossed the median into the path of a tractor-trailer. The driver survived and is in the hospital with serious injuries. Both were ejected from the vehicle.
Three hours later, around 2 p.m., another wreck killed one person and injured four others around Ga. 44.
A westbound tractor trailer was approaching traffic that was stopped due to the first fatal crash at mile marker 127 when it hit a Ford Crown Victoria, causing the Ford to spin, the GSP said. The car was hit by the truck a second time and knocked backward into the rear end of a second tractor trailer, authorities said.
Rear seat passenger Annaleah Karth, a 17-year-old from Rocky Mount, N.C., was killed. Two other passengers and the Ford driver were transported to a hospital for treatment, as was the tractor trailer driver, the GSP said.
The crash remains under investigation by the GSP post in Madison and the GSP Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team. Charges are pending.