Flash Flood Warnings Issued Monday for North Georgia

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A rainy Monday in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- If "Rainy Days and Mondays" get you down, you are in for a long day if you live in, or are visiting Atlanta today.

Flash flood warnings have been issued all over the Atlanta metro area for Monday. The rains came Saturday night and continued throughout the day on Sunday to produce more than two inches of rain and saturated grounds in northern Georgia.

Even Fox 5 Meteorologist Joanne Feldman gave this warning to Atlantans on Facebook this morning:

Grab the umbrella AGAIN.....We're tracking areas of heavy rain coming in from the west. Not everyone will get a lot of rain today, but some downpours scattered around could bring an inch or more of rain to some areas.

The bad news here is that the flood watch covers the cities of Athens, Rome, Dalton, Blairsville, Gainesville and Toccoa. It is scheduled to be in effect through 4 p.m.

It's raining in north Georgia as I write this and rain gauges are continuing to fill up. State officials and weather forecasters say low-lying areas could quickly become clogged with various pieces of debris, and that usually leads to street flooding.

Law enforcement agencies and first responders say that if you encounter rising water on the street as you drive, do not attempt to drive through it.

Pop-up thunderstorms could hit Atlanta in the afternoon on Monday, just in time to cause traffic snarls during rush hour.

Rick Limpert is an Atlanta-based writer who covers events, sports, and technology. You can follow him on Twitter at @RickRoswell.

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