Rain leaving downed trees, possible flooding

Milder weather is expected Sunday after rain moved through metro Atlanta and north Georgia, leaving downed trees and the threat of flooding.

The showers loosened soil around trees already left vulnerable to falling after rain from a few days earlier.

Trees were reported down in several areas, including Sandy Springs, Decatur, Buckhead and northwest Atlanta.

The 600 block of Spalding Drive near Glenridge Drive in Sandy Springs was closed after a large tree fell, according to police dispatch reports.

“Fortunately, it was raining, so people weren’t walking. No one was hurt,” said Constantine Kaisharis, who was in the area. A tree also was reported down at Edgewater Drive and Mountain Creek Trail in Sandy Springs.

A tree caused structural damage at an apartment complex in the 1200 block of Clairmont Road in Decatur. In Buckhead, a tree was down at West Paces and Rembrandt Road. Trees also were reported down in the 1400 block of West Wesley Drive in northwest Atlanta. The 30-foot white oak took out power lines, leaving residents in the area without electricity.

Flooding may also become a problem in some areas. The National Weather Service was monitoring Big Creek near Cumming and Alpharetta, which were under flood watches Saturday and were hovering just at flood stage for both communities, said NWS meteorologist Jessica Fieux.

Forecasters say minor flooding is likely along the Flint, Ocmulgee and Oconee rivers, and Ogeechee River near Savannah.A flash flood watch is in effect in southwest Georgia, where 3 to 8 inches of rain have fallen since Friday. An additional 1.5 to 3 inches was possible Saturday.

Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Brad Nitz said drier air was expected to move in overnight. “Sunday will be mostly sunny all day long with mild temperatures,” Nitz said. “We’re talking highs in the mid-60s.”

While the high Saturday will reach into the mid 50s, the high Sunday will be around 64.

“But it doesn’t last long,” Nitz said. “Showers and even a few storms return Monday through Monday night and into early Tuesday.”The chance of rain is 90 percent Monday and 70 percent Tuesday morning. The high both days will be in the low to mid 50s.

Nitz said the weather will start to clear out again late Tuesday, with partly cloudy, dry and cool conditions by midweek. The Wednesday also will be in the mid 50s.

The nighttime lows will be in the low to mid 40s through Tuesday with a low in the upper 30s Wednesday.