FLASH FLOOD WARNING!!! 10.28-29.2020 From Atlanta Up Through North GA

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FLASH FLOOD WARNING!!! 10.28-29.2020
From Atlanta Up Through North GA


Flash Flooding is possible as Tropical Storm Zeta presents weather challenges to Georgia for in the days to come. Rainfall totals associated with Tropical Storm Zeta are expected to be 2" to 4" with higher amounts if Rainbands stay in one area over a long period of time.





As Rainbands may spawn tornadoes, Flash Floods are not the only possible danger to Georgia from Tropical Storm Zeta.  



Photo courtesy of NOAA: D. Burgess



National Weather Service issued the warning for

"Portions of north central Georgia...northeast Georgia...
northwest Georgia and west central Georgia... including the following areas...

"In north central Georgia...
Newton...North Fulton...Pickens...Rockdale...South Fulton...Union and Walton. 

"In northeast Georgia... 
Banks...Clarke...Jackson...Oconee...Towns and White.

"In northwest Georgia...
Gordon...Haralson...Murray...Paulding...Polk...Walker and Whitfield.

"In west central Georgia...Coweta...Heard and Spalding."




  • Do not walk, swim or drive through flood waters.
    Turn Around, Don’t Drown!

    • Just six inches of moving water can knock you down. 
      One foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.

  • Stay off of bridges over fast-moving water.

  • Depending on the type of flooding:

    • Evacuate if told to do so.

    • Move to higher ground or a higher floor.

    • Stay where you are.

Photo courtesy of shootthedevgru English Wikipedia


Wonder what to do before a flood?

  • Make a plan for your household, including your pets. 
  • Declutter drains and gutters. Install check valves. Consider a sump pump with a battery.
  • Protect your property. Move valuables to higher levels.
  • Keep important documents in a waterproof container.
    Create password-protected digital copies so you will have a complete record.
  • Build a “Go Kit” of the supplies you will need if you have to quickly evacuate your home.
  • Know types of flood risk in your area. Visit FEMA’s Flood Map Service Center for information.
  • Sign up for your community’s warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio provide emergency alerts.
  • If flash flooding is a risk in your location, monitor potential signs, such as heavy rain.
  • Learn and practice evacuation routes, shelter plans, and flash flood response.
    • If you live in a storm surge flooding zone or a mandatory hurricane evacuation zone, make plans to stay with family and friends. 
    • Don’t forget to include your pet in your emergency plan. Remember that some evacuation shelters do not accept pets.
  • Gather suppliesincluding non-perishable foods, cleaning supplies, and water for several days. Set aside items like soap, hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol, disinfecting wipes and general household cleaning supplies that you can use to disinfect surfaces you touch regularly. After a flood, you may not have access to these supplies for days or weeks.
  • Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Don’t forget the needs of pets. Include extra batteries and charging devices for phones and other critical equipment.

Safety First!


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Comments (6)

Bob Ratliff
Robert Ratliff Realty - San Antonio, TX
"Sold with Bob"

Having a plan with essentials stocked for any emergency especially flooding is a great start. Never cross water no matter how safe you feel it may be...."turn around don't drown".

Oct 28, 2020 02:50 AM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727

So nice to see you again!!! 
Hope you are well. Lynn

Oct 28, 2020 10:32 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Lynn - upfront preparation and planning are important.  Stay safe.  

Oct 28, 2020 04:14 AM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727

Michael Jacobs 
Although living less than a quarter-mile from a small river that ALWAYS overflows, my house is at the top of a hill. One of my husband's favorite sayings was"If we get flooded, everyone is in big trouble!" Take - care - Lynn

Oct 28, 2020 10:35 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

We don't get much rain at all here so when it rains too much, we get flooding as well.  I am sure it is nothing like what is coming your way and I hope that everyone will stay safe through it.

Oct 28, 2020 05:22 AM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727

Brian England 
Thanks for your kind wishes - Lynn

Oct 28, 2020 10:36 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Lynn. May the warning turn out to be only that. Stay safe. Enjoy your day!

Oct 28, 2020 05:23 AM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727

Wayne Martin 

Oct 28, 2020 10:36 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Great message Lynn. Each year we do need this important reminder.

Oct 28, 2020 06:49 AM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727

Rocky Dickerson 
Yes, preparation is so essential! Stay well - Lynn

Oct 28, 2020 10:37 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Lynn the South has gotten hammered this year with huge amounts of rain, and here comes some more.  Time to take out Noah's architectural drawings and start building an Ark. 

Oct 28, 2020 09:17 AM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727

George Souto 
HEY --
I just noticed that you flew by
4,000,000 points!!!

Take care -- Lynn

Oct 28, 2020 10:40 AM