Following is a Monday morning update from Dr. Pam Knox, director of the UGA Weather Network. We have had storm and weather activity during this harvest season.
“Once again, Georgia is faced with feeling the potential impacts of another tropical storm. This time, it is Zeta, currently in the Caribbean and expected to become a hurricane today before making landfall in Louisiana sometime Wednesday afternoon or early Thursday. After that, it will move northeast over northern Georgia, most likely during the day on Thursday. We will be on the right side of the storm path as we have been in previous storms this year. That means the chance of gusty winds, periods of heavy rain, and some isolated severe weather are possible Wednesday and Thursday, with chances lingering into Friday in the southeast region. The heaviest rain will fall north of the Fall Line, and counties there could see 2-4 inches, with some isolated areas of 4-6 inches possible in northern Georgia. Southeastern Georgia will likely see less than an inch of rain. The timing of the storm has slowed overnight, but currently it looks as though winds will increase Wednesday afternoon and evening and the storm’s center should come over Georgia during the day on Thursday. The path and timing are likely to change somewhat, so follow updates at https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/.
In case you were hoping that this might be the last of the tropical storms this year, I remind you that we still have a month to go in the official season and that we appear to be entering another period of increased activity, so I would not be surprised to see an additional named storm or two in the next few weeks.”