LIVE WEATHER-TRAFFIC: Braves tweet ‘play ball!’; metro Atlanta remains under flood warning

ATLANTA FORECAST 

Tuesday: High: 84

Tuesday night: Low: 73

Wednesday: High: 80

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[9:01 p.m.]: The Braves tweeted “Play ball!” so the game should be starting shortly after a nearly 90-minute weather delay.

[8:22 p.m.]: The Braves’ game tonight against the Miami Marlins now has an estimated start time of 9 p.m., according to a tweet from the Braves.

[8:09 p.m.]: The Braves tweeted that tonight’s game against the Miami Marlins is estimated to start at 8:45 p.m.

 

[7:45 p.m.]: The Braves’ game against the Miami Marlins was delayed due to weather. The game was supposed to start at 7:35 p.m.

[6:48 p.m.]: The Braves’ game tonight against the Miami Marlins at SunTrust Park likely will not start on time due to weather, according to a tweet by the team. The game was supposed to start at 7:35 p.m., and the Braves said they “are being told that there may be a window opening at some point.”

 

[6:47 p.m.]: Gwinnett County is under a flash flood warning until further notice by the National Weather Service. 

 

[6:40 p.m.]: Photos of severe flooding on roadways in Cedartown were sent to Channel 2 Action News. 

 

[6:25 p.m.]: One southbound lane on Clairmont Road remains blocked after a tree fell across all lanes earlier this afternoon, according to the Traffic Center. Heavy delays remain nearby.

 

[6:19 p.m.]: Photos of flooding in Polk County have been sent to Channel 2 Action News. Cedartown received more than 5 inches of rain within three hours this afternoon, Channel 2 reported. Polk County remains under a flash flood warning until 8:15 p.m.

 

[5:47 p.m.]: The FAA said arriving flights at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport are being delayed by about two hours on average due to weather. Departures are delayed by about an hour.

 

[5:37 p.m.]: The Gwinnett Fire Department said lightning is the suspected cause of an apartment fire in the 1300 block of Herrington Road in Duluth. People in about seven apartments are likely to be displaced by smoke and water damage.

An apartment fire in Gwinnett County is believed to have been started by lightning. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

[5:34 p.m.]: A flood warning has been issued for Pew Creek in Gwinnett County, Channel 2 Chief meteorologist Glenn Burns said in a tweet.

 

[5:07 p.m.]: A gas leak has been reported at Covington Highway and Mountain Drive in DeKalb County, according to a tweet by the City of Avondale Estates. Covington Highway is closed in both directions from Kensington Road to Lakeshore Drive until further notice, the tweet said.

 

[4:49 p.m.]: A tree has fallen on a home in Chattooga County in northwest Georgia, Channel 2 Chief meteorologist Glenn Burns said in a tweet.

[4:46 p.m.]: Two building fires have been reported in Gwinnett County. An apartment fire was reported in the 1300 block of Herrington Road in Duluth and a house fire was reported in the 5900 block of Morgan Road near Doraville, the Gwinnett Fire Department said in a news release.

[4:45 p.m.]: Normal service has resumed on the Blue line after a lightning strike at the Avondale maintenance shop briefly knocked out the track’s power, MARTA spokeswoman Stephany Fisher told AJC.com. A few trains were turned around by rail control to “be on the safe side” until the extent of the damages were known, Fisher said.

[4:37 p.m.]: Heavy rain continues to blanket much of North Georgia, Channel 2 reported. Almost the entire Northern Perimeter and Downtown Connector are barely moving, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center. 

 

[4:35 p.m.]: Gwinnett County is seeing heavy amounts of rainfall, Channel 2 Chief meteorologist Glenn Burns said. Buford has already gotten more than 2 inches, and Lawrenceville has over an inch, Burns said.

[4:11 p.m.]: A tree is down on Clairmont Road near Century Boulevard in DeKalb County, the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center reported. The road is blocked, and it’s causing heavy delays.

 

[4:09 p.m.]: The rain has brought most Atlanta interstates to a crawl, according to the Traffic Center. 

[4:07 p.m.]: Power has been restored to the MARTA tracks at the Avondale station, according to a tweet. Delays continue on the Blue line.

 

[4:05 p.m.]: The FAA reports that Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is experiencing arrival delays of nearly an hour and departure delays over an hour on average due to the weather.

[3:48 p.m.]: Some far west Georgia counties, such as Polk, have seen up to 5 inches of rain in the past few hours, according to Channel 2 Chief meteorologist Glenn Burns.

 

[3:46 p.m.]: MARTA’s Blue line is experiencing delays due to a loss of power to the tracks near the Avondale station, MARTA said in a tweet. It isn’t known when the power is expected to be returned. 

 

UPDATE [3:44 p.m.]: Vans Warped Tour at Cellairis Amphitheater at Lakewood is on hold as storms move through, according to Channel 2 Action News. Fans have been told to take shelter in their cars or under the amphitheater until the storms pass.

 

ORIGINAL STORY: Showers and storms are littering metro Atlanta, but the west and north metro areas are seeing the most rain, according to Channel 2 Action News.

Cobb, Cherokee, Bartow, Pickens and Polk counties have especially been hit with a lot of rain, including many areas that have seen more than 2 inches in the past few hours.

 

The Storm Prediction Center has most of the state at risk for isolated severe storms.

“Just making a mess out of the afternoon commute,” Channel 2 meteorologist Karen Minton said. “Please use some care as you’re out and about today.”

 

Heavy rain could mean flooding. The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for much of central and North Georgia, including metro Atlanta.

“Periods of heavy rainfall are likely Wednesday and Thursday as deep tropical moisture from the Gulf of Mexico streams northward across much of Georgia,” the Weather Service said. 

 

The watch is scheduled to go into effect at 8 p.m. and last through Thursday night. 

So far, the showers have not deterred roadwork crews on the I-285 Outer Loop past Paces Ferry Road. There are delays through the area while crews occupy a right lane, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center

 

Metro Atlanta is in for a drenching over the next couple of days.

Starting Tuesday, showers and storms will douse North Georgia, contributing to rain accumulation of 2 to 4 inches in most of the region, according to Channel 2. Isolated areas in the mountains could see up to 5 inches.

 

The rain isn’t expected to let up Wednesday. Or Thursday. Or even Friday.

Each day this week carries a 70 percent chance of rain and storms, with Friday’s rain chances a slightly lower 60 percent.

“If you haven’t heard, rain is on its way,” Minton said.

 

Flooding and possible ponding on roadways could spell trouble for students heading back to school. Thousands in Henry, Rockdale and Jackson counties are already back in session, while other metro Atlanta school districts will see students return later this week and next week.

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The good news? Cloud coverage and downpours are expected to keep temperatures in the mid-80s Tuesday, according to Channel 2. The average for this time of year is 89. 

 

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