Tornado watch over, heavy rains still expected

A tornado watch covering the metro area and most of northern Georgia came and went without major incident Sunday, but the threat of heavy rains will continue through Monday morning.

A tornado watch — which means conditions are favorable for tornadoes, not that one has been spotted or detected — was issued at about 9 p.m. Sunday morning and was in effect in more than 50 counties through 3 p.m. A tornado warning — meaning a tornado had been detected via radar — was also issued for several counties in northwest Georgia late Sunday morning.

Heavy rains fell and a few downed trees were reported, but no major damage was incurred.

Despite the threat of tornadoes likely having passed, a flash flood watch issued by the National Weather Service remained in effect through Sunday night and into Monday morning.

The flash flood watch included Fulton, Cobb, Gwinnett, DeKalb, Rockdale, Newton, Coweta, Fayette, Clayton, Barrow, Forsyth, Cherokee, Hall and many other surrounding counties.

The forecast calls for “several rounds of showers and thunderstorms” with “widespread rainfalls totals” of one to two inches.

Through 1 p.m. Sunday, rainfall totals had already hit .41 inch at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, 1.71 inches in Marietta, .91 inch in Alpharetta, .95 inch in Jonesboro, 1.02 inches in Cartersvillle, 1.14 inches in Peachtree City and 1.22 inches in Dunwoody.

The Channel 2 Action News forecast called for a 100 percent chance of rain overnight and a 60 percent chance on Monday before rain clears out Tuesday and Wednesday.

Monday’s high is projected at 77 degrees.

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— Staff writer Mike Morris contributed to this report.

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