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Wet weather predicted through Sunday

By Jason A. Smith

jsmith@henryherald.com

The National Weather Service says stormy conditions could be on the horizon for the next few days.

The weather service is predicting several inches of rainfall statewide through Sunday.

Forecaster Trisha Palmer, in the weather service's Peachtree City office, said one of the agency's "primary concerns" is a high level of precipitation, covering an area which is "impossible to predict" until it comes.

"We have a series of systems that will begin moving through the area on Wednesday," said Palmer. "We could have, over the five-day period, anywhere from 3 to 5 inches of rain, with isolated higher amounts in certain areas."

Palmer said the timing of the storms could increase the chance of additional weather-related concerns.

"With any springtime system, we look for the possibility of damaging winds, large hail and isolated tornadoes," she said.

The first potential round of storms could arrive locally by Wednesday night, or Thursday morning, with more rain possible Friday and Saturday.

According to Palmer, predicting the impact of the storms is difficult when attempted days ahead of time.

The weather service is encouraging residents to take necessary precautions to prepare in case of severe weather. Palmer said those who own National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather radios should listen to the devices in an effort to stay informed of the storms' movements.

The weather service is also advising residents to be mindful of radio and television reports issuing alerts regarding tornado watches and warnings.

"If there is a tornado warning, take shelter immediately," Palmer said. "Do not seek shelter in a mobile home, or in your car. Get to the innermost room [of a given building], on the lowest floor."

Georgia Power also is taking steps to prepare for the possibility of storms, by monitoring the weather service and other forecasters. According to company spokeswoman Carol Boatright, workers are aware they may be called upon to be in place ahead of the storms.

"That's the main thing - to have crews ready in case there is damage," she said. "They will be put on alert, if there is a high probability of weather affecting our area."

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