Flash flooding possible through Wednesday evening

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Even though the remnants of Alberto have lifted up into western Kentucky this morning, more tropical-type downpours have been wrapping around the system across central Alabama and into north Georgia Wednesday morning. With additional, occasionally torrential, rain today, a Flash Flood Watch remains in effect until 8pm Wednesday across far north Georgia for the potential for 1" to 1 1/2" of rain to add to the already high rainfall totals from recent days.

SEE: Pictures of flood waters swamping downtown Helen 

We've measured so much rain in northeast Georgia - an estimated 3"-6" or more in the last 24 hours in Towns, White, and Rabun counties - that flash flooding is already an issue Wednesday morning. Use caution if you encounter rising waters.  If you see water flowing over a roadway, find another way to go!  It is never worth the risk.

Today will be more of the same, essentially, with periods of heavy rain mixed with long periods of sunshine in between.  A downpour can pass you by at any time today - morning, afternoon, and/or evening. But scattered rain and storms will diminish and take a break late tonight through Thursday morning.

From Thursday through the weekend, we'll trend to mainly just afternoon storms, and fewer of them.  By Saturday and Sunday, we should return to what is considered just a typical summertime risk of a few pop up thunderstorms late in the day.

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