Flash Flood Warning issued for Cobb County until 8:45 p.m.
Flooding up to the hoods of cars at the underpass at Cobb Parkway and I-285. (Photo from Julia Reynolds at FOX-5)
Update: 7:00 p.m.: The Smyrna Police Department is asking motorists to avoid Church St at Flagler St for the next 5 hours.
Several power poles were damaged in this afternoons severe weather. According to Georgia Power only a small number of people are without power.
Anyone traveling along Cobb Parkway near the Interstate 285 in the Cobb Galleria area is asked to drive with caution.
A flood warning was issued by the National Weather Service for parts of Cobb and Cherokee counties, especially near the Chattahoochee River, through 8:45 p.m. Avoid areas likely to flood such as creeks, rivers and low-water crossings.
Ryan Willis with the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Peachtree City said "We have a 100 percent chance of rain for today until late tomorrow evening, tapering off on Friday. There will be persistent rain until then with some isolated storms with heavy rain."
Marietta has already gotten 2 inches of rain, and is expected to get an additional 4 to 6 inches of rain before tomorrow evening.
"Our top concern is the flash flooding. Our secondary concern would be isolated thunderstorms that could produce damaging winds and possibly tornadoes, but this is unlikely and our first concern is the flooding."
Willis was most concerned about the flooding of creeks and rivers into streets resulting in automobile accidents and possible deaths.
There is a flash flood watch until 8 a.m. Friday.
“What we except of this holiday period is heavier than normal rains, which could result in flooding, so people in prior planning their trips or commutes, need to plan for those types of scenarios,” Pierce said. “If at all possible, reduce speeds and pay attention to the emergency vehicles in that area, which may be protecting them from those flooded out areas.”
Cobb County Government spokesman Robert Quigley said they county reported some road flooding on Terrell Mill and Powers Ferry roads in east Cobb.
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