As storms begin moving into the area during the afternoon hours, the National Weather Service has placed Polk County and the surrounding area under a Flash Flood Watch through 8 a.m. Friday morning.

The watch also includes Bartow and Cherokee counties.

The NWS expects periods of heavy rainfall to spread into the area this afternoon and through the night, with at least an inch of rain expected and potentially two inches widespread, with localized areas of heavy rain potentially getting more.

Those who live close to creeks, streams, ponds and lakes should be aware that rainfall may cause them to overflow their natural banks and inundate property, fields and roadways.

Do not attempt to drive through flooded roadways. Drivers will be unable to tell how deep the water is and could stall their vehicle and require rescue.

A band of stormy weather is moving into the Polk County area from Alabama. The storm line stretches from northeast of Rome to Gadsden at the moment.

Check back for additional updates as they become available from the National Weather Service on new storm alerts through the day.

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