Suwannee Democrat


May 15, 2014

Rainstorm closes roads in Suwannee County

Live Oak —

Flood Watch in effect for portions of the area. Rainfall totals of 4-7 inches were already reported across portions of Suwanee and Hamilton counties, with 1-3 inches over portions of inland SE Ga. Numerous road closures were reported by Suwanee Emergency Management, and an areal flooding warning was recently issued for the county. The heavier rain shield was starting to shift east of Hamilton and Suwanee counties, with an additional 2-4 inches of rainfall are possible through this afternoon across the remainder of SE Ga and NE Fl as the heavy rainfall shield shifts eastward toward the Atlantic coast. A flood watch is in effect for SE Ga and the counties along the Interstate 10 corridor of NE FL as well as Gilchrist county. Remember, even after the rainfall ends, flooding will still be possible as the water seeps into drainages with overflow onto roadways and over low lying bridges possible. River flooding will likely ensure or become exacerbated within the next few days, and quickly rising basins including the Black Creek should be closely monitored. 

Strong Storm Concerns: The main concern with strong thunderstorms today will be gusty winds of 40-60 mph, which can cause minor damage. Frequent lightning and small hail (< 1 inch) will be possible in strong storms this afternoon mainly east of the Highway 301 corridor. across NE Fl. Downed trees due to wind gusts and soggy soils will be  possible. 



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