The flood watch began Thursday afternoon and continues until Saturday morning as scattered storms drench much of the state with up to 1 foot of rain. The watch includes nearly all of metro Atlanta and extends south to Vidalia and east to Athens.
Heavy rains swelled creeks across the state, washing out bridges and closing portions of highways with high water. National Weather Service officials say part of Ga. Highway 96 in Taylor County was closed Thursday due to flooding, and high water was reported on Ga. 128.
A flash flood warning was issued overnight in Houston County when the area received 3 to 4 inches of rain fell in two hours.