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NWS: High fire danger extended
Altamaha River flooding at Doctortown

Tuesday, February 20 2024 - 849 am EST

National Weather Service Flood Watch in effect issued 321 am Feb 20, 2024

HIGH FIRE DANGER CONDITIONS THIS AFTERNOON INTO THE EVENING FOR PARTS OF NORTH AND WEST GEORGIA DUE TO LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITIES... Relative Humidities of 25 percent or less can be expected for 4 or more hours this afternoon into the evening. Winds will be variable at 5 mph or less.

With dry fuels, high fire danger conditions can be expected.

Please refer to your local burn permitting authorities whether you may burn outdoors. If you do burn outside, use extreme caution.

Impacting Dade-Walker-Catoosa-Whitfield-Murray-Fannin-Gilmer-Chattooga-Gordon-Pickens-Dawson-Lumpkin-Floyd-Bartow-Cherokee-Forsyth-Hall-Polk-Paulding-Cobb-North Fulton-Gwinnett-Haralson-Carroll-Douglas-South Fulton-DeKalb-Rockdale-Newton-Heard-Coweta-Fayette-Clayton-Spalding-Henry-Butts-Jasper-Troup-Meriwether-Pike-Upson-Lamar-Monroe-Jones-Harris-Talbot-Taylor-Crawford-Bibb-Twiggs-Wilkinson-Muscogee-Chattahoochee-Marion-Schley-Macon-Peach-Houston-Bleckley-Stewart-Webster-Sumter-Dooly-Crisp-Pulaski-Wilcox-Dodge-Telfair Counties

Streamflow situation based on provisional data from USGS streamflow gauges in the rivers and creeks of Georgia
10 stations remain above flood stage Tuesday, including Altamaha River flooding in three monitoring locations, including Doctortown. Flood waters have receded off the upper Ocmulgee and upper Oconee Rivers, each of these rivers is flooding one station above confluence marking the beginning of the Altamaha River. The first two monitoring stations on Altamaha, near Charlotteville and Baxley are running a foot higher overnight. Doctorville station is the next monitor downstream, flood stage was breached here just ahead of noon Sunday, running a little more than an inch over and holding this level.

Ocmulgee River is still flooding at Abbeville, Oconee River is still flooding at Mount Vernon, Ogeechee River is still flooding at Eden.

Little Satilla River still over at Offerman, Ohoopee River is still flooding at Reidsville, Savannah River still floods at Cylo.

Check black tags on the map for updated flood flow levels. Blue tags for action stage of 99th percentile flows.

Turn around, don`t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.

Drought Map USGS 7-day average streamflow compared with historic average
No part of Georgia is in any category of drought or below normal rating.

USGS Provisional Data Statement
Data are provisional and subject to revision until they have been thoroughly reviewed and received final approval. Current condition data relayed by satellite or other telemetry are automatically screened to not display improbable values until they can be verified.
Provisional data may be inaccurate due to instrument malfunctions or physical changes at the measurement site. Subsequent review based on field inspections and measurements may result in significant revisions to the data.
Data users are cautioned to consider carefully the provisional nature of the information before using it for decisions that concern personal or public safety or the conduct of business that involves substantial monetary or operational consequences. Information concerning the accuracy and appropriate uses of these data or concerning other hydrologic data may be obtained from the USGS.

USGS seven-day average streamflows at each monitoring location are rated against the historic average flow volume for this day. Results appear on the drought map, showing surface area with a rating: below normal, moderate drought, severe drought or extreme drought. The drought-rated surface area most often follows watershed lines, the physical topography of drainage and direction of flow of the surface water across the state. The watershed layer on the map shows surface area impacted by streamflows in each drainage area. Turn the directional arrows on to see which way the water flows, along with hazardous spills reported in the area that could have an impact on water quality.

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