Hurricane Sally will bring heavy rain to Middle Georgia this week

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Hurricane Sally has been sitting off the Gulf Coast this afternoon and evening bringing heavy rain to the area. Many spots in the northern Gulf have already seen over 10″ of rain with more expected as the system moves at 2 mph (!!!).

By tomorrow afternoon Sally is forecast to make landfall and finally speed up its movement. Sally moves north and east we will see the threat for heavy rain increase, as well as the very small chance of a spin-up tornado.

We will see the potential heavy rain continue through Thursday morning (and maybe the afternoon) before Sally finally begins to fall apart and get swept out to sea with a cold front.
Generally, the heaviest rain is expected just north of our area, but any shift in track could bring flooding rains to Middle GA.

A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for parts of Middle Georgia until Friday morning.

The isolated tornado threat should be contained to areas mainly south of Macon. This is a very small chance of severe weather, but spin-up tornadoes are definitely a risk with tropical systems.
Wind gusts are going to be a pretty minor threat for Middle Georgia, but we can’t rule out a 30-35 mph wind gust as the main system works its way through.

There is good news from this though. A cold front is on the way for the weekend and it will bring sunshine, cooler temps, and much drier air! All just in time for the first day of fall on Tuesday.

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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.