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Storms could fizzle the sizzle this holiday
Forecasters predict soggy Fourth for fireworks, festivals
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Water stands in a low patch of ground near Adair Street Friday morning after heavy rains moved through the area earlier.

For those looking to celebrate the Fourth of July outdoors: bring an umbrella.

Saturday’s forecast calls for much of the same kind of weather that drenched Hall County on Friday morning.

“We have a good chance of seeing more showers and storms unfortunately,” said Ryan Willis, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Peachtree City. “This kind of pattern could continue throughout the next several days too.”

Willis said the “silver lining” is that temperatures shouldn’t be higher than the low-80s Saturday.

He said Friday’s rainfall amounted to more than 2 inches as of late morning: “a pretty good amount” of precipitation.

Hall County is currently under a flash flood watch, which continues through Sunday morning.

American Legion Post Commander Dave Dellinger is watching the forecast closely. He’s in charge of the Fourth of July Celebration at Laurel Park, which is slated to begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, with fireworks set for the evening.

“Right now, we’re hoping it’s going to be a beautiful day,” Dellinger said. He added that if it proves to be too rainy, the celebration will be postponed.

“We’re planning for rain or shine, but if it gets really bad we’ll postpone it for sometime around Labor Day,” he said.

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