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Tropical Storm Zeta expected to bring heavy rainfall to Dawson County
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Sticks and debris collect around an Etowah River water marker at River Park on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. - photo by Ben Hendren

From Wednesday afternoon into Thursday morning, Dawson County is expected to get three to four inches of rain due to Tropical Storm Zeta, according to the National Weather Service. 

Katie Martin, a forecaster with the National Weather Service, said that Dawson is one of the North Georgia counties that will experience the most rainfall during the tropical storm. 

“Dawson is definitely in the kind of bullseye for the main area of heaviest rainfall, so there could be some localized rainfall totals close to five inches if any rain bands sit over the area,” Martin said, “but three to four inches is kind of your main range for the county.” 

According to Martin, Dawson County residents should expect the rainfall to start on Wednesday moving into Thursday. 

“The main time frame for your rain with Zeta coming in will be the second half of Wednesday, so Wednesday afternoon into the evening, and then especially overnight Wednesday into Thursday,” Martin said. “So for most of Thursday the rain chance for Dawson County is around 80 percent, so that translates to widespread showers and storms.” 

For local weather alerts, Dawson County residents can visit the Dawson County Fire and Emergency Services on Facebook or Twitter. 

Residents can also sign up to receive Dawson County emergency notifications by visiting