Frank Giannesca, senior meteorologist with The Weather Channel, said rainfall at Dobbins Air Reserve Base through 5 p.m. Wednesday was already showing 1.8 inches.
Meteorologists virtually guaranteed people shouldn’t hold out for better weather over the weekend.
“Either way, of course, there’s already been so much rain that anything piled on top of what we had will cause more trouble with the flooding threat,” Giannesca said. “At the least, with the way everything else is shaping up now, it’s something of a wash for the Fourth of July.”
Today will likely see continued showers and heavy rain, Giannesca said. Friday through Sunday will see a similar forecast with rains and scattered thunderstorms.
Evidence of flooded streets started Wednesday along Cobb Parkway under the Interstate 285 bridge near the Cobb Galleria, and was reported on Terrell Mill and Powers Ferry roads in east Cobb, where Sope Creek was rising.
“What we expect of this holiday period is heavier than normal rains, which could result in flooding, so people planning their trips or commutes need to plan for those types of scenarios,” said Sgt. Dana Pierce with Cobb Police. “If at all possible, reduce speeds and pay attention to the emergency vehicles in that area, which may be protecting (drivers) from those flooded-out areas.”
Sgt. Michael Smith with Smyrna Police issued an advisory for a road closure at Church and Flagler streets Wednesday afternoon. Power poles were reportedly damaged by the storm and power was out in the area.
The National Weather Service in Peachtree Center began issuing flood warnings for parts of Cobb and Cherokee counties, specifically near the Chattahoochee River and along Sope Creek in east Cobb on Wednesday morning.
They recommended residents avoid areas likely to flood such as creeks, rivers and low-water crossings.
Mark McKinnon with the Georgia Department of Transportation reminded motorists to slow down and be alert for any potential standing water in the roadway.
“If they encounter standing water and they are not sure of the depth, do not drive through it,” he said. “It could be very dangerous.”
GDOT will be using message boards along interstates to alert motorists to any incidents or potential hazards.
Marietta Police Officer David Baldwin also reminded residents to be wary of drinking and driving.
“With the holiday weekend coming up, there is a potential for people having large gatherings and celebrations and with that, there’s usually a lot of alcoholic beverages consumed,” he said. “That in conjunction with the weather makes a bad mix.”
But when will the area begin to see signs of a break in the weather?
“It might not be until the beginning of next week,” Giannesca said. “Even then, we’re not going to have a cool front to dry out the air to get rid of the humidity.”
Today high will be around 75 degrees, almost 13 degrees below the average temperature for this time of year. Friday and Saturday will see a high of 78 degrees and Sunday will see a high of 80 degrees.