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  First Alert Weather Academy: Water Cycle

Rain, snow, clouds - all forms of weather. Forms of weather that impact us every day and all form through a lot of the same processes: the water cycle.

Ogeechee River flooding impacting residents

  Dirt roads still impacted in Evans Co. following heavy rains

  Heavy rain impacting Jasper Co. roads

  Additional road closures in Montgomery Co. due to flooding

County school districts closed due to poor road conditions

  Rain leads to flooding in the Coastal Empire

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  Heavy rains causing flooding in Beaufort Co.

  Heavy rain impacting Montgomery Co. roads

  Bus drivers in Beaufort Co. using extra caution on wet roads

Gov. Kemp declares state of emergency for 120 counties due to flooding

  Parts of Richmond Hill seeing flooded yards from rain

  Wayne County EMA monitoring dirt roads, Altamaha River level

  Fire crews respond to multiple homes struck by lightning in Effingham Co.

Fire crews responded to a Guyton home Thursday that was struck by lightning, according to the assistant chief.

Evans County EMA announces closure of all dirt roads in the county

Due to the recent heavy amount of rain in the county, the Evans County Emergency Management Agency has decided to close all dirt roads to through traffic.

Wayne Co. EMA director surveys wind damage in the county

Wayne County’s EMA Director Richard Johnson spent the day with the National Weather Service.

  Altamaha River continues to rise in Wayne County

Oglethorpe Landing is one of five public boat landings in Wayne County.

  Flooding concerns continue for residents in Richmond Hill

  Shearhouse Landing residents concerned by visitors trying to see flooded land

  City of Savannah monitoring downtown flowers during cold snap

  Ogeechee River causing flooding, washed out roads

  Rain impacting dirt roads in Bulloch Co.

  Screven Co. schools closed Friday because of roads washing out due to rain

Montgomery Co. EMA gives update on local State of Emergency

The Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency gave an update on the local State of Emergency Wednesday afternoon on their Facebook.

  Altamaha River levels concerning Wayne Co. community

River levels are high in Georgia.

  State of Emergency still in effect for parts of Montgomery Co.

Over the last few days, areas of Montgomery County have been flooded. Water has filled peoples’ front yards, come up to their houses and nearly washed out their cars.

  Flooding causes mandatory evacuation order in Montgomery Co.

Flood water is taking over several areas in Montgomery County and is expected to continue to do so over the next few days.

  Wayne Co. EMA monitoring Altamaha River level

River levels around Georgia are rising and will continue to rise as the state sees more rain.

  Savannah students build tidal sensors to collect data across the county

Wire by wire. Gromet by gromet. Hole by hole. Jenkins High School students are working on a project that's breaking the mold in how to gather sea level data in the future.

  Jasper County residents prepare for possibly weeks of river flooding

Flooding is possible in Jasper County for the next three weeks.

Storm Damage: Reports of damage in Appling, Bacon, Wayne counties

Appling County Emergency Management Agency confirms a tree fell and hit a car driving on Saltilla Church Road Thursday evening.

  Liberty Co. Emergency Management preparing for severe weather

Liberty County Emergency Management has been preparing for Thursday’s storm since the beginning of the week.

Bulloch Co. officials preparing for severe weather

County officials want people to be alert and prepared for whatever the storm brings.

  Beaufort Co. emergency responders prepare for severe weather

Hilton Head Emergency Services knows that people that live on the island probably know how to deal with severe weather. But they want to make sure people are still taking it seriously.

  Thunderbolt marina prepares for potential severe weather

Local marinas, like Morningstar Marina, spent their morning bringing in boats and also strapping down loose equipment along the docks.

  Chatham County students participate in statewide tornado drill

Many schools, including Chatham Academy, participated in a state-wide tornado drill.

Area emergency management agencies offering storm spotter training

Area citizens can train to become a storm spotter this month.

  ’Family Preparedness’ first day of Severe Weather Preparedness Week

Monday was the first day of Severe Weather Awareness/Preparedness Week in Georgia.

  Organizations help 64-year-old woman repair her home after Hurricane Dorian

Hurricane Dorian wasn’t as devastating as some feared it could have been in our area, but our coastal communities weren’t totally spared.

Talking Weather and Fishing with Capt. Jimmy Armel

Meteorologist Andrew Gorton is joined by Captain Jimmy Armel, of American Fishing Charters - Tybee Island.

Protecting your plants in the cold

With the temperatures taking a dip, it might have some of you double checking your plants that may have started to bloom over the past couple months.

  Surveillance video captures moment EF-2 tornado rips through S.C. high school

Cameras captured the moment the tornado ripped through North Central High School, causing major damage.

  NASA snow chasers begin mission at Hunter Army Airfield

NASA Scientists will begin their data collection mission into east coast winter storms right here in Savannah.

  Flooding recedes, Bryan Co. families hoping Hwy 144 project fixes issue

Families in South Bryan County are in the clear of flood waters after being stuck in their homes due to recent rain.

  Altamaha River residents watching riverbanks as rain causes it to rise

The rain we’ve gotten has several rivers higher than usual and some neighbors concerned. On the Altamaha River, it has people watching their river banks and upstream.

  Flood waters receding in Richmond Hill after rain

Flood water were meeting many South Bryan County residents right at their front door, cars even submerged, on Monday. However Tuesday it’s a different scene.

  Richmond Hill residents seeing heavy flooding near Hwy. 144 project

Rain and flooding in South Bryan County, is putting a damper on many residents’ Christmas spirit.

  Rain impacting dirt roads in Bulloch County

In some rural areas, all the rain creates a different set of problems, especially on dirt roads.

First Alert Weather Day: Heavy rain, risk of flooding continue

Today is a First Alert Weather Day. Flood and Flash Flood Watches remain in effect for a large portion of the WTOC Viewing Area. With temperatures in the upper 50s and lower 60s, areas of heavy rain will focus along the I-95 corridor and in the South Carolina Lowcountry through the morning.

Irwin Co. moving toward recovery after Tuesday tornado strikes

According to the National Weather Service confirms that a EF-2 tornado touched down inn Irwin County Tuesday night.

Tornado Watch canceled for WTOC viewing area

Update: The Tornado Watch has been canceled.

  Chatham County shifting funds due to Hurricane Dorian evacuation

Chatham County Commissioners approved a large chunk of money, about $215,000, to cover the gap in expenses from Hurricane Dorian on Friday.

As November ends, so does Hurricane Season

Hurricane Season is officially over Saturday.

‘Unicorn’ meteor shower could produce rare storm Thursday night

Thursday night's meteor shower could produce a meteor outburst, meaning multiple shooting stars per second.

  Bird cam project hoping eagles return to nest

Back to back to back hurricane seasons have taken their toll, not only on people, but for a well watched nesting site on Skidaway Island.

  Int’l Association of Emergency Managers conference being held in Savannah

The 67th annual International Association of Emergency Managers conference is being held at the Savannah Convention Center.

  Non-profit in Baxley collecting blankets and heaters

A group in Baxley needs your help to take care of people who don’t have what they need to keep them warm.

  Woman burned by heating pad, says timer malfunctioned

A user warning for anyone sleeping with heating pads and or heated blankets. Baylee Satchell says the timer on her brand new two-foot-long heating pad she received as a wedding present never went off.

  Burton Fire gives fire prevention temps as cold weather moves in

The Burton Fire District says cooking and heating can be two of the leading causes of fires during the winter months.

  Car safety tips during cold weather

With this cold weather coming our way, there are a few things you’ll probably start to see when it comes to your car.

  Protecting plants, pets, and people as the temperatures turn cold

As temperatures drop it is important to protect plants, pets, and people.

Freezing temperatures, even colder wind chills by Wednesday morning

An unseasonably strong, Arctic, cold front is forecast to sweep through the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry Tuesday.

First Alert Forecast: Frost, then freeze? Prepare your yard!

A series of cold fronts are forecast to bring progressively colder air to the central and eastern United States through late next week.

  Heating safety tips as cold weather approaches

As the colder temperatures start to arrive here in the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry, there are a few things you need to start thinking about if you use things like space heaters to keep things toasty inside your home.

  Large amount of rain impacting Bulloch County dirt roads

The large amount of rain is taking its toll on dirt roads in some rural communities, including Bulloch County.

First Alert Weather Day: Nestor to bring widespread rain

Tropical Storm Nestor is now a post-Tropical Cyclone.

  Beaufort Co. preparing ahead of Tropical Storm Nestor

Places in the Lowcountry saw a lot of wind and some downed trees during Hurricane Dorian, but not a lot of rain. Since this weekend’s forecast is changing that, Bluffton officials are preparing just in case.

We now have Tropical Storm Nestor: First Alert Weather Day Saturday

An area of low pressure, classified as Potential Tropical Cyclone 16, is drifting through the central Gulf of Mexico Friday morning.

First Alert Weather Podcast

The WTOC Weather Team brings you the latest weather news, weather myths, and overall fun of meteorology with the First Alert Podcast.

  Dry conditions affecting livestock’s food supply

Ranchers who haven’t seen rain in months say this drought is taking its toll, not only on the livestock and what they’d feed them now but what they need to feed them this winter.

Heads up! You can see the full Hunter’s Moon starting this Sunday

If you love astronomy, you’ll want to make sure to enjoy this weekend’s full Hunter’s Moon, which will be visible starting on Sunday.

  Officials urging Hampton County residents not to start fires during drought

Drought conditions throughout much of the WTOC viewing area are creating an additional hazard for firefighters.

  Jesup extending a hand to help those affected by Dorian in the Bahamas

They’ve got resources and materials. What they need now are people with skills and a free week to go down and help.

  Chatham County not getting reimbursed for hurricane evacuations during Dorian

During Friday’s meeting, the Chatham County Commission discussed reserve funds in the county budget related to the mandatory evacuation ahead of Hurricane Dorian.

Tropical Depression 9 forms in the Atlantic Ocean

The 5 p.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center states that Tropical Depression 9 has officially formed in the Atlantic Ocean.

First advisory issued by the National Hurricane Center for Potential Tropical Cyclone 9

The National Hurricane Center has released the first advisory for Potential Tropical Cyclone 9, or what could become Tropical Storm Humberto.

  Bluffton High School students holding ‘Bills for the Bahamas’ fundraiser

One of the organizers of the fundraiser once vacationed on the island and can’t believe the destruction she has seen on the news.

  Tybee residents, officials relieved tide levels lower than anticipated

The storm was expected to bring record flooding to Tybee Island overnight. Thankfully, the tide did not get as high as expected.

City of Savannah ends curfew

The City of Savannah has lifted the curfew that was put in place prior to Hurricane Dorian’s arrival.

Ga. Governor lifts mandatory evacuation for multiple coastal counties

The order goes into effect Monday at noon and includes individuals east of I-95 in Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Glynn, Liberty, and McIntosh counties.

Sidney Lanier, Talmadge bridges open following Hurricane Dorian

The Sidney Lanier bridge in Glynn County and the Talmadge Bridge in Chatham County have reopened following Hurricane Dorian.