MILLEDGEVILLE — The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning until 4:45 p.m. for areas of Central Georgia including Baldwin and surrounding counties.
The warning includes Baldwin and the southeastern portion of Putnam County as well as Hancock County.
According to the weather service three to five inches of rain have fallen already since 8 a.m. and an addition two to three inches are expected this afternoon. Excessive runoff from the heavy rains could cause flooding in small creeks and streams as well as highways and underpasses. Do not drive in areas where water covers the roadway.
The rains are expected to continue as a tropical storm gains momeuntum off the coast of Miami, Fla.
Tropical Storm Erin is moving away from the Cape Verde Islands in the eastern Atlantic, and it's expected to strengthen over the next two days.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Thursday that the storm's maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph (65 kph).
There are no watches or warnings in effect. An earlier warning for the Cape Verde Islands has been canceled.
The storm is centered about 115 miles (185 kilometers) west-southwest of Brava and is moving west-northwest at 15 mph (24 kph). Forecasters expect the storm to continue in that general direction over the next couple of days.