Get ready for another round of wet weather caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida as the National Weather Service starts a flash flood watch on Tuesday that will continue through Wednesday, per the forecasters in Peachtree City.

The flash flood watch includes neighboring counties in Paulding and Haralson, as well as Cobb and Douglas counties.

Georgia is expected to get some of what remains of Hurricane Ida after it made landfall on the Louisiana gulf coast and left more than a million customers without power in the state, including the entire city of New Orleans. The latest storm to hit this year came ashore at a Category 4 storm, and has since been downgraded all the way to a tropical depression as it crosses the State of Mississippi.

What’s left of the storm’s center by Tuesday is expected to cross North Alabama and make its way through Tennessee by midday Wednesday. Polk County will likely experience much of the rain from the outer bands of the storm, bringing with it periods of locally heavy rain and gusty winds from the former tropical cyclone are the greatest concern of forecasters from the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.

Potentially upward of five inches of rain could fall across the area over the next 36 hours, but should be completely out of the area by Wednesday night.

Those who are concerned about the potential for the forecast to turn severe should be reminded to keep the following close at hand for any emergency situation:

  • three days worth of fresh water and non-perishable food items
  • a first aid kit
  • candles, a lighter, batteries, flashlights, a lantern and fuel to be able to cook outdoors, like propane for a grill
  • changes of clean clothing for at least three days
  • if you have a generator, ensure you have enough fuel to be able to power it for several days until electricity service is restored

If you believe power is going to be lost in your area and are concerned about having water to use for non-drinking purposes, fill your bathtub and any buckets you may have and keep them stored where they can’t be knocked over and make a mess.

This is now the third storm’s remnants to impact Polk County in 2021 thus far.

Hurricane Ida’s impact

Storm surge caused many areas around New Orleans to flood after Hurricane Ida made landfall on Tuesday and threatened the city with 140 mph+ winds, but the levees and flood protection system that were upgraded since Hurricane Katrina held up on the anniversary of that storm’s catastrophic impact on the Gulf Coast.

The Associated Press reported that a historic business landmark where a young Louis Armstrong once worked was among the buildings destroyed by the storm in New Orleans. The Karnofsky Tailor Shop opened in 1913, and employed Armstrong as a boy.

Hurricane Ida left Louisianans trapped and unable to leave after a mandatory evacuation was put in place prior to the weekend. Power was knocked out Sunday afternoon in the historic city and around the state as the storm passed through.

The National Hurricane Center is now tracking Tropical Storm Kate, the 11th named storm of 2021 to form in the Atlantic basin.

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