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A tornado whipped through Southeast Alabama Sunday evening along the Georgia border, causing injuries and property damage through both states. Gov. Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency in Grady, Harris and Talbot counties on Monday due to storm damage. The Lee County sheriff said 23 people have died thus far in the Alabama county where the tornado touched down.

GPB's Grant Blankenship joined "On Second Thought" to discuss his reporting on the storm's impact in Georgia. He said affected areas in Georgia are some of the same ones still recovering from Hurricane Michael.

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Originally published Sunday, March 3 at 8:47 p.m. This story has been updated.

A sheriff confirmed at least 23 people were killed Sunday by a possible tornado in Alabama as severe storms destroyed mobile homes, snapped trees and left a trial of destruction and weather warnings extending into Georgia, Florida and South Carolina.


The track of several storms over the next couple of weeks will bring rounds of drenching rain to the Interstate-95 corridor in the South and raise the risk of flooding in Atlanta and other cities, according to Accuweather.com.

Following rounds of rain this weekend, multiple storms will then follow next week and raise the risk of flooding in parts of the South.

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If you look outside and feel like it’s been raining forever, you aren’t far off. Across the state, counties and cities tracked record rainfall in 2018.  

Athens experienced its wettest year in more than two decades, according to the National Weather Service. And metro Atlanta recorded a total of 70.03 inches of rainfall in 2018, securing its place as the second wettest year on record.


UPDATED: Atlanta had a total of 70.03 inches of rainfall in 2018, securing its place as the second wettest year on record. The first place year for rainfall remains 71.45 inches in 1948.

ORIGINAL STORY: Expect mild temperatures and just a bit more rain by the time the peach drops in Atlanta this New Year's Eve.

We'll ring in the new year just under the record for most rainfall since 1948, when the Weather Bureau (now the National Weather Service) began keeping weather records for Atlanta on Oct. 1, 1878.

Flash Flood Watch, Rain Expected Through Year's End

Dec 27, 2018

Georgia may have seen its last sunny sky of 2018.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch to take effect at 7 p.m. Thursday. Everyone north of Columbus in the far western part of the state to the metro Atlanta area and north of Athens is expected to see heavy rainfall into Friday morning.

Rain beginning Thursday afternoon could accumulate to 1.5 to 3 inches by Saturday morning, NWS predicts.

North Georgia is also under a wind advisory through Friday with strong gusts up to 40 mph possible.