Storms with heavy rain, lightning and gusty wind are popping up this afternoon and they will last into the weekend.

WEATHER-TRAFFIC: Rain continues to douse Georgia; Northside remains under flash flood warning

Rain lingers across metro Atlanta, but the worst of the storms have moved east, according to Channel 2 Action News.

However, the storms definitely made their mark, leaving a flash flood warning for Bartow, Cherokee, Gordon and Pickens counties until 10 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

Travelers at the airport are also enduring delays after a ground stop earlier Friday afternoon, which has been lifted, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

If that isn’t enough, traffic is also a mess.

While nearly every interstate is moving slow, I-20 West in DeKalb County is moving the slowest, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center. A crash has multiple left lanes blocked just before Turner Hill Road. 

The Perimeter in DeKalb is also backed up after a crash at Ashford Dunwoody Road, the Traffic Center reported. The center eastbound lanes are being affected.

While the storms may have moved on, the rain has been coming down in buckets, Channel 2 meteorologist Brad Nitz reported. In a three-hour period, Jasper saw two inches of rain.

Flooding has been reported on several streets, including Church Street and Pine Street in Pickens County.

The rain chance for North Georgia is 60% Friday, and that rain chance continues Saturday. The high amount of rain is cooling the state off, with Atlanta hovering in the mid-70s at 5:15 p.m. The city was in the 80s around noon.

However, the humidity meant it felt much warmer, especially in Middle Georgia and south metro Atlanta.

“There are excessive heat warnings basically stretching from parts of the Plains in the Midwest to the Northeast,” Channel 2 meteorologist Katie Walls said. “Thankfully for us, we're not necessarily in advisory criteria, but please mind the heat as those heat index values in your neighborhood climb into the mid to upper 90s this afternoon.”

Some spots in North Georgia, Walls said, will feel like triple-digit heat Friday. Atlanta has a projected high of 90 degrees.


Isolated downpours remain a possibility past the evening commute, stretching into the 9 p.m. hour, Walls said.

The rain chance remains high at 60% for the start of the weekend, but Walls said it is cut in half on Sunday. 

“At this point, it looks like Sunday will be the drier of the two weekend days with fewer afternoon showers and storms,” she said.

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