Strong storms and heavy rain likely for Friday

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Good evening,
Rain started for some of the counties in Middle Georgia, but many of us are getting a little break through the evening.

By tomorrow a line of strong storms will move through Middle Georgia during the afternoon. This will bring the threat for heavy rain and gusty winds as well as some lightning. Timing will likely be during the early afternoon hours.

A level 1 (marginal) threat has been issued for all of Middle Georgia as the front moves through. An isolated tornado can’t be ruled out with this line, but the main threats are 60 mph winds and very heavy rains. 
We will get a small break from heavy rain overnight on Friday, but more showers and potentially heavy rain will be on the way for much of the rest of the weekend. Severe storms are not expected through the weekend so the main threat will once again be pockets of heavy rain.
The heaviest rain over the next 7 days will be mainly to our north, but we are still anticipating 2-3″ of rainfall on already saturated soils. We will need to monitor river and localized flash flooding through the weekend and into next week.

Right now we have a pretty soggy forecast for the weekend and into the new year, but we will finally start to dry out by next week, but expect a big cool down to cooler than normal temperatures.

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Cecilia Reeves joined the 41 First Alert Storm Team as Chief Meteorologist in August of 2016.  She grew up just north of Macon, in McDonough, GA but attended the University of Alabama and received an undergraduate degree in Telecommunications and Film with a concentration in Broadcast Journalism.  Upon graduation in Tuscaloosa, she traveled up to road to Starkville, MS where she received a Masters of Science in Broadcast Meteorology.  In her career she has worked on the West Coast, in the Midwest, and now back home in the Southeast.  When she is not forecasting she enjoys training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, cheering on her teams (Alabama Crimson Tide, Atlanta Falcons, and the Kansas City Royals), and playing with her dogs: Dora and Winston.