...FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON...
* WHAT...Flash flooding caused by excessive rainfall continues to be
* WHERE...Portions of central Georgia, east central Georgia, north
central Georgia, northeast Georgia and west central Georgia,
including the following counties, in central Georgia, Baldwin,
Bibb, Butts, Crawford, Houston, Jasper, Jones, Monroe, Peach,
Putnam, Twiggs and Wilkinson. In east central Georgia, Glascock,
Greene, Hancock, Jefferson, Johnson, Taliaferro, Warren,
Washington and Wilkes. In north central Georgia, Clayton, Fayette,
Henry, Morgan, Newton, Rockdale and Walton. In northeast Georgia,
Clarke, Oconee and Oglethorpe. In west central Georgia,
Chattahoochee, Coweta, Harris, Heard, Lamar, Macon, Marion,
Meriwether, Muscogee, Pike, Schley, Spalding, Talbot, Taylor,
Troup and Upson.
* WHEN...Through this afternoon.
* IMPACTS...Excessive runoff may result in flooding of rivers,
creeks, streams, and other low-lying and flood-prone locations.
Flooding may occur in poor drainage and urban areas. Extensive
street flooding and flooding of creeks and rivers are possible.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...
- A frontal boundary will be the focus for additional waves of
showers and thunderstorms across north and central Georgia
through early Monday morning. Additional rainfall totals of 1
to 3 inches are expected, with locally higher amounts over 3
inches possible. These amounts will occur on top of
widespread heavy rainfall that has already fallen.
You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action
should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.
COVINGTON — Navigating the time of year when simply stepping outside could send you into a sneezing frenzy can be a daunting task, especially when your symptoms could be lining up with those of multiple ailments those of multiple ailments such as a cold or even COVID.
Don’t let pollen spores back you into a corner — use the tips below as a guide to staying on top of your seasonal allergies, according to Christy Blanchford, M.D., with Piedmont Physicians at Hospital Drive in Covington:
♦ Limit your time outside when pollen counts are high
It goes without saying that the easiest way to stifle allergy flareups is to cut down on direct exposure to the source.
♦ Ensure your indoor air is clean
While we can’t control the pollen levels, we can take measures to manage the air levels of our indoor environments. After all, it’s a lot easier for our bodies to recover from allergen exposure when they aren’t also dealing with mold spores or excess dust particles.
♦ Use a saline solution regularly rinse your sinuses
In the moments where our allergies are particularly unbearable, a saline rinse can make a significant difference. Be sure to follow the instructions provided on your product to ensure you don’t use too frequently.
♦ Reduce the number of houseplants you keep
Unfortunately, another major source of sinus irritation is the presence of our green roommates, which can also be generating those pesky pollen spores.
♦ Make an appointment with your doctor
The most effective way to manage your allergy symptoms long-term is to determine your specific triggers and develop a treatment plan. Work with your primary care physician to create a plan that works best for you.
“If you’re suffering from allergies and need relief or wondering whether or not it is a cold, a visit with your doctor can pinpoint what steps to take next,” said Blanchford.
While it can feel overwhelming to maneuver this time of year, there are steps you can take to make your allergy flareups more manageable. These efforts will add up and make a difference.
To find a physician in your area or to schedule an appointment online, visit piedmont.org.
I have been editor of the Rockdale Citizen since 1996 and editor of the Newton Citizen since it began publication in 2004. I am also currently executive editor of the Clayton News Daily, Henry Daily Herald and Jackson Progress-Argus.
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