Heavy rains kill seven in Georgia

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 01:27 PM GMT am 22. September 2009

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Very heavy rains exceeding fifteen inches have soaked the Atlanta, Georgia region over the past two days, triggering widespread major flooding. Record flood levels have been observed on seven rivers and creeks in the Atlanta area, breaking records that had been set as long ago as 1919. In one case, the new flood record (for Utoy Creek near Atlanta), was more that ten feet above the previous record, with the creek still rising. The Chattahoochee River was one of the rivers that rose to record levels, and flood waters from the Chattahoochee crested over the I-285 bridge in western Atlanta, forcing closure of the expressway. At least seven people have been killed, according to ajc.com, with at least six people still missing.


Figure 1. Radar estimated rainfall for the Atlanta, Georgia region ending on September 22. More than 15 inches (white colors) had fallen in and around Atlanta.

A list of the records set so far:

Noonday Creek near Woodstock 19.66 ft 21/530 PM, old record 16.30 ft (07/11/2005)

Nickajack Creek at Mableton 19.30 ft 22/215 am, old record 16.60 ft (07/11/2005)

North Fork Peachtree Creek at Atlanta 18.07 ft 21/715 PM, old record 17.70 ft (09/16/2004)

Utoy Creek near Atlanta 27.04 ft 22/715 am, old record 16.86 ft (05/06/2003)...still rising

Chattahoochee River at Whitesburg 29.58 ft 21/1015 PM, old record 29.11 ft (12/11/1919)

Suwanee Creek at Suwanee 14.30 ft 21/645 PM, old record 12.04 ft (10/05/1996)

Yellow River at Lithonia 25.50 ft 22/515 am, old record 17.53 ft (05/07/2003)... nearly steady

Yellow River near Conyers 20.80 ft 22/730 am, old record 16.36 ft (07/08/2005) below Milstead...still rising

Chattahoochee River at Franklin 28.71 ft 22/715 am, old record 28.40 ft (12/15/1919)...still rising

The strong flow of moist air from the southeast that fueled the heavy rains has diminished today, and no widespread heavy rains will affect northern Georgia over the next few days. However, there will be some scattered thunderstorms in the region the next two days that will dump heavy downpours over local areas, and these thunderstorms will keep flood waters from receding much along some flooded rivers and creeks. It is possible that some additional moisture from the remains of Hurricane Fred will affect northern Georgia and South Carolina Wednesday and Thursday, boosting rainfall totals from these scattered thunderstorms.


Figure 2. AVHRR visible satellite image of Hurricane Hugo taken on September 22, 1989. Hugo was over Ohio at this time, and had finally been declared extratropical.

Twenty years ago today
Hurricane Hugo plowed through the center of South Carolina on September 22, 1989, reaching the North Carolina border 140 miles inland by 8am EDT. Amazingly, Hugo remained at hurricane strength for its entire passage through South Carolina--a full eight hours. The hurricane caused massive damage to forests, buildings, and power lines along the way, killing thirteen South Carolinans in total. Charlotte, North Carolina, over 200 miles inland, and a place of refuge for many South Carolinans that fled the storm, received sustained winds of 69 mph from Hugo--just below the 74-mph threshold of hurricane strength. Hugo turned northwards and roared through Virginia, where it killed six people, then into West Virginia and Ohio, where it was finally declared extratropical at 2pm EDT on the 22nd. The hurricane claimed its final victim near Buffalo, New York, when winds from Hugo toppled a tree onto a motorist.

In all, Hugo did $7 billion in damage to the continental U.S., and $10 billion over its entire path ($17.6 billion in 2009 dollars), making it the most costly hurricane ever at that time. The final death toll was 56.


Figure 3. Maximum wind gusts recorded from Hurricane Hugo of 1989. Wind gusts in excess of 80 mph (green hatched areas) were recorded all the way to the North Carolina border, 140 miles inland. Image credit: National Hurricane Center.

There are no threat areas in the Atlantic to discuss today, and none of our reliable computer models are forecasting tropical storm development over the next seven days.

Jeff Masters

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587. P451 2:27 AM GMT on September 23, 2009

if iceman is a troll, then he is good troll who posts useful pictures, some of which I had never seen before, nor do I know the link to xD

Like the one he posted about the NAO going negative in Oct =O

and by the way, Hello everyone or anyone there =P
slow blog tonight
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Thread jack for a second folks - did anyone post the link to the images from the massive
duststorm over 1/2 of NSW and Sydney included. We woke to a red sky. Not pink, not a haze, it was red through and through...
link is to the SMH photos and video

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if the link doesn't work just go to the Sydney Morning Herald and see the pics :)
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Thread jack for a second folks - did anyone post the link to the images from the massive
duststorm over 1/2 of NSW and Sydney included. We woke to a red sky. Not pink, not a haze, it was red through and through...
link is to the SMH photos and video



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P451 (#587)

Really? People hold conversations with themselves??? Oh man, talk about funny…

Reminds me of a standup comic who was talking about people who talked to themselves. He said the saddest case he ever saw was the guy who couldn’t get a word in edgewise. It was always like “Yeah, I know, but…right…but…but…ok, you got a point there…but all I’m saying is…” Cracked me up.
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Quoting presslord:
for whatever it's worth, it just started raining on Johns Island SC


thank you, I was wondering if would
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for whatever it's worth, it just started raining on Johns Island SC
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Wow..Guess the action is on here tonight and not the tropics.. SPEAKING OF... thoughts on the tropics next few days?
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Quoting mikatnight:
Hey Geoffrey,
It, #585, might get you banned (maybe not, since the blog's so slow), but if means anything, I got a good chuckle out of it. lol


It is weather related...and to this day fills the dance floors in clubs!
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P451, you have mail
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Hey Geoffrey,
It, #585, might get you banned (maybe not, since the blog's so slow), but if means anything, I got a good chuckle out of it. lol
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mik...excellent...
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Quoting mikatnight:
Hear that? It's the sound of thousands of remotes clicking to CNBC (not here though, strickly broadcast only for the po folks).


lol nice one
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I think for my next blog topic, I'm going to cover storm chasing. I plan on doing that this spring/summer. And if anyone is interested, let me know. I think I should start preparing for this asap.
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Hear that? It's the sound of thousands of remotes clicking to CNBC (not here though, strickly broadcast only for the po folks).
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WPB...I'd watch it...but I just can't tear myself away from CNBC's special on the porn industry...
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Riders on the storm
Riders on the storm
Into this house were born
Into this world were thrown
Like a dog without a bone
An actor out alone
Riders on the storm
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Quoting GeoffreyWPB:
It's very interesting. All the possible endings of life on earth. Seen it before, but presented in an interesting way.


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It's very interesting. All the possible endings of life on earth. Seen it before, but presented in an interesting way.
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Quoting WeatherStudent:



What's that?


Just an English writing class
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Quoting WeatherStudent:


You taking ENC1101?


nah, Eng106
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Quoting GeoffreyWPB:
He's not an idiot...sometimes the fingers type faster than the brain can process.


thanks, and yes I agree, and I apologize
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All the posts just went to the average setting. A lot not showing!
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Our local NBC news (WPTV) weatherman James Wieland, (the surfer dude - I love this guy - totally laid back style), is apparently getting credit for starting the muck monster craze going on down here (Lake Worth, FL). A CNN crew was reroute to do a story on it, when they were diverted to Honduras.
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Quoting GeoffreyWPB:
Anyone watching Universe on the History Channel?


Nope, is it good? I'm writing an English paper :/
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He's not an idiot...sometimes the fingers type faster than the brain can process.
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Anyone watching Universe on the History Channel?
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When dealing with trolls or people who try to instigate conflicts, remember the following saying:

Ignorance is not only bliss, but also a virtue.
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just curious...it's a beautiful place...
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Quoting GeoffreyWPB:
Matt, that comment about JFV was unnecessary.


I agreed, I removed it
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553....Thanks!!
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Matt, that comment about JFV was unnecessary.
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Howdy All,
Presslord posted the following quote earlier. I told him I’d post back when we’d donated. It wasn’t much – Lord knows we ain’t got much, but I reckon if enough folks give a little, it’ll mean a lot to the Baxters.

BTW, there’s another site I heard about on the news (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3032619/#32920444) where you can give anonymously to someone you know. It sounds pretty cool and all the money you give goes to that person. That person can then leave you a message (presumably a thank you) without them knowing who you are. The name of the site is Giving Anonymously. Their address is http://givinganon.org/.

180. presslord 6:47 PM GMT on September 22, 2009
Brian and Chrissy Baxter have lost their home in Lithia Springs, Georgia, due to the recent flooding. They also lost all their furniture, their clothing, and everything else that was in their home...as well as a car. The water was up to just a few inches from the ceiling inside their home.The Baxters have five children: Tony (male, age 13), Victoria (female, age 12), Brian (male, age 11), Nathan (male, age 10) and Aiden (male, age 1). The family is currently staying at an Extended Stay Hotel in Lithia Springs, Georgia. The hotel is without electricity.Both Brian and Chrissy work. However, they are unable to get to their jobs due to the flooding in the area. We don't know how much money they need. We do know that the family currently needs help with paying for lodging, food, clothing and transportation. Any help you can provide would be much appreciated.Portlight Strategies, Inc., has set a goal of raising $10,000.00 to help the Baxters defray the short term expenses of lodging, food and clothing.Please share your good fortune with this suffering family.Use the PayPal button @ www.portlight.orgOr send checks to:Portlight Strategies, Inc.2043 Maybank Hwy.Charleston, SC 29412memo: Baxters
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Quoting Hurricane009:
Tornadodude, how old are you??


18, and a freshman at Purdue
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Jeff co-founded the Weather Underground in 1995 while working on his Ph.D. He flew with the NOAA Hurricane Hunters from 1986-1990.