Friday, August 9, 2013

FIRE IN THE SKY: THREE Fireballs Filmed Over Sakurajima Volcano In Japan!

August 09, 2013 - JAPAN - The following footage appears to show three meteor/fireball/comet fragments falling through the sky over the very southern tip of Japan on July 20, 2013.

In the foreground we see Sakurajima Volcano, in Kagoshima, Kagoshima Prefecture. The volcano has been very active lately, erupting several times in recent years.

WATCH: Fireballs over Sakurajima volcano.

DELUGE: Torrential Rain In Northern Japan Leaves 2 Dead, 5 Missing!

August 09, 2013 - JAPAN - Two people died and five others were missing on Friday as torrential rain hit northern Japan, local media reported.

File photo of muddy waters flooding from a river caused by heavy rain at Hagi City in Yamaguchi
prefecture, western Japan. (AFP/Hagi City Office via Jiji Press)

A 91-year-old woman was found dead after being buried by a rain-triggered mudslide in Hanamaki, Iwate Prefecture, according to Japan’s national broadcaster NHK and Jiji Press.

Meanwhile, a 62-year-old man died after he was swept away by a swollen river in Nichiwaga, in the same prefecture, Kyodo news agency said.

News reports also said five residents remained unaccounted for while three others were injured in the neighboring Akita Prefecture after their houses were swept away by massive floods.

The meteorological agency issued evacuation warnings for residents in the region, calling on them to take “immediate action” to protect their lives.

Heavy rain is expected to continue until Saturday morning in Hokkaido and the northern Tohoku region, the agency added.

The Iwate local government has asked Japanese troops to assist in emergency related operations, Kyodo News reported. - Japan Today.

GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVAL: More Sinkholes Keep Popping Up Across The United States - Monster Sinkhole Swallows Up Kansas Pasture; Now 90 Feet Deep By 200-300 Feet Across; Officials Concern About Safety As Sinkhole Draws Many Curious Onlookers!

August 09, 2013 - UNITED STATES - A sinkhole estimated to be about 90 feet deep in western Kansas is drawing so many onlookers that the landowner is pleading for people to stay away.

Freak sinkhole: This massive chasm opened up seemingly overnight near Sharon Springs in western Kansas.

The sinkhole, which is 200 to 300 feet wide, was discovered July 31 in a pasture several miles north of Sharon Springs on land owned by 82-year-old Margaret Hoss and her family.

It occurred naturally and does not appear to be the result of groundwater depletion or oil or gas drilling, said Rex Buchanan, interim director of the Kansas Geological Survey.

After the sinkhole was publicized, people drove to see it, often ignoring signs to stay off the private pasture, which prompted the Hoss family to erect barricades Monday, The Salina Journal reported. Hoss said she is concerned the traffic will damage fragile grass needed for cattle to forage.

Awe-inspiring: The monster pit is 90 feet deep and measures 200 feet across.

Growing: Cracks surrounding the sinkhole suggest that it is expanding.

 Ravenous: The gigantic hole swallowed Dalton Hoss' large pasture.

"I'd appreciate some privacy. We're not running a popularity contest," said Hoss, who said added that state and national media coverage of the sinkhole had made "our life a livin' hell out here."

Wallace County Sheriff Larry Townsend said he was concerned the visitors could be endangered if the sinkhole suddenly grows.

"The soil tries to level itself. It's kind of a dangerous place to be gawking around," Townsend said.

Mystery: No one knows what caused the ground to open up or when the sinkhole is going to stop expanding.

Act of God? There are no oil wells or irrigation wells in the area that could have caused the sinkhole to open up.

Local attraction: Visitors have been flocking to the area to take a peek at the awe-inspiring pit.

Sinkholes occur when soil over an open void caves in. The voids are formed when underground water dissolves rock formations, "in this case probably limestone," Buchanan said.

The hole has a steep face that over time will develop more of a "saucer shape," Buchanan said. He also advises gawkers not approach the sinkhole.

"The best thing you can do with these things is fence them off and walk away," Buchanan said. "There's nothing good about going down in that thing or getting close to it." - TWC.

EXTREME WEATHER: Hail Storm And Floods Kills 6, Injures 3 In Eastern China!

August 09, 2013 - CHINA - At least six people died as sudden gales and hail hit eastern China on Friday morning, while three others were injured.

"From 2 am to 4 am Friday, strong winds and hail battered Dangshan and Xiaoxian counties in Anhui, destroying houses, forcing road closures and disrupting the power supply," Anhui Provincial Civil Affairs Department told state-run Xinhua news agency.

WATCH: Rescuers evacuated more than 1000 people from heavily flooded areas in China.

Six people died after strong winds uprooted trees that fell onto their houses. Those injured were taken to a local hospital. - ZEE News.

GLOBAL FOOD CRISIS: Severe And Persistent Drought - Nearly 300 New Mexico Towns Face Water Crisis!

August 09, 2013 - UNITED STATES - State officials have been fielding a steady stream of phone calls and emails from the managers of community drinking water systems around the state as drought refuses to give up its grip on New Mexico.

The managers are looking to the state for help as they work to avert a crisis. Water levels are still dropping, aging infrastructure is being pushed to its limits and federal funding is growing more scarce.

In all, the state has identified nearly 300 drinking water systems that are considered vulnerable. Many of them depend on a single source of water and have no backup plan if conditions worsen.

"We really have been experiencing calls for assistance and notifications of water shortages and outages throughout the state in a way that we haven't seen in recent drought years," Danielle Shuryn of the New Mexico Environment Department said during a conference call.

Just last month, tens of thousands of gallons of water had to be trucked to the town of Magdalena after the community's sole operating well failed, leaving about 1,000 residents and several businesses without water.

A coalition of government agencies and nonprofit organizations is now trying to help water system operators prepare so they don't become the next Magdalena. The groups have teamed up to help communities with engineering work to identify backup water sources, monitor existing sources and develop emergency plans in the event of a water outage.

An initial round of letters will be sent to 290 community water systems determined to be at the greatest risk, but Shuryn said the state plans to make the program open to any interested water system.

With drought putting pressure on supplies, small communities around New Mexico are seeing wells filling with silt and failing, said Matt Holmes, executive director of the New Mexico Rural Water Association, a partner in the project.

"There are a lot of factors and I think the drought is sort a stressor. That adds an additional stress, and it might be the straw that breaks the camel's back," Holmes said. "In many of these communities where we see these water shortages, it's really infrastructure problems that are the core failure."

Another goal of the collaboration is public education. Despite a heavy dose of monsoonal rains in July, state officials said the drought is far from over. New Mexico still leads the nation when it comes to the worst and most widespread drought conditions.

"A larger view of this work is to encourage mindful use of water, water conservation and how we can be more efficient with this limited resource," said Morgan Nelson, a policy analyst with the department. - TWC.

GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVAL: At Least Six Killed As Sierra Leone Bridge Collapses!

August 09, 2013 - SIERRA LEONE - At least six homeless people sleeping under a bridge in the heart of Sierra Leone's capital Freetown were crushed to death early on Friday when the bridge collapsed in a landslide caused by heavy rain, the country's police inspector general said.

The Jimmy Bridge, heavily used by both vehicles and pedestrians, collapsed between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. (0200 and 0300 GMT). Six bodies were recovered, all of them homeless people who had been sleeping under the structure.

Inspector General Francis Munu said more victims were believed to remain trapped under the wreckage and the death toll from the accident was likely to rise.

Rescue efforts continued throughout the day under a torrential downpour.

"We feel sorry for those who lost their lives and are investigating to make sure this does not happen again," he said.

The West African nation is now in the midst of its rainy season and landslides are commonplace in the hilly, seaside capital, where roads and infrastructure are often poorly maintained. - Reuters.

AGE OF OBAMA: Big Brother Now, The Rise Of The Global Police State - NSA Said To Search Content Of Messages To And From The United States!

August 09, 2013 - UNITED STATES - The National Security Agency is searching the contents of vast amounts of Americans’ e-mail and text communications into and out of the country, hunting for people who mention information about foreigners under surveillance, according to intelligence officials.

The N.S.A. is not just intercepting the communications of Americans who are in direct contact with foreigners targeted overseas, a practice that government officials have openly acknowledged. It is also casting a far wider net for people who cite information linked to those foreigners, like a little used e-mail address, according to a senior intelligence official.

While it has long been known that the agency conducts extensive computer searches of data it vacuums up overseas, that it is systematically searching — without warrants — through the contents of Americans’ communications that cross the border reveals more about the scale of its secret operations.

It also adds another element to the unfolding debate, provoked by the disclosures of Edward J. Snowden, the former N.S.A. contractor, about whether the agency has infringed on Americans’ privacy as it scoops up e-mails and phone data in its quest to ferret out foreign intelligence.

Government officials say the cross-border surveillance was authorized by a 2008 law, the FISA Amendments Act, in which Congress approved eavesdropping on domestic soil without warrants as long as the “target” was a noncitizen abroad. Voice communications are not included in that surveillance, the senior official said.

Asked to comment, Judith A. Emmel, an N.S.A. spokeswoman, did not directly address surveillance of cross-border communications. But she said the agency’s activities were lawful and intended to gather intelligence not about Americans but about “foreign powers and their agents, foreign organizations, foreign persons or international terrorists.”

“In carrying out its signals intelligence mission, N.S.A. collects only what it is explicitly authorized to collect,” she said. “Moreover, the agency’s activities are deployed only in response to requirements for information to protect the country and its interests.”

Hints of the surveillance appeared in a set of rules, leaked by Mr. Snowden, for how the N.S.A. may carry out the 2008 FISA law. One paragraph mentions that the agency “seeks to acquire communications about the target that are not to or from the target.” The pages were posted online by the newspaper The Guardian on June 20, but the telltale paragraph, the only rule marked “Top Secret” amid 18 pages of restrictions, went largely overlooked amid other disclosures.

To conduct the surveillance, the N.S.A. is temporarily copying and then sifting through the contents of what is apparently most e-mails and other text-based communications that cross the border. The senior intelligence official, who, like other former and current government officials, spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the topic, said the N.S.A. makes a “clone of selected communication links” to gather the communications, but declined to specify details, like the volume of the data that passes through them.

Computer scientists said that it would be difficult to systematically search the contents of the communications without first gathering nearly all cross-border text-based data; fiber-optic networks work by breaking messages into tiny packets that flow at the speed of light over different pathways to their shared destination, so they would need to be captured and reassembled.

The official said that a computer searches the data for the identifying keywords or other “selectors” and stores those that match so that human analysts could later examine them. The remaining communications, the official said, are deleted; the entire process takes “a small number of seconds,” and the system has no ability to perform “retrospective searching.”

The official said the keyword and other terms were “very precise” to minimize the number of innocent American communications that were flagged by the program. At the same time, the official acknowledged that there had been times when changes by telecommunications providers or in the technology had led to inadvertent overcollection. The N.S.A. monitors for these problems, fixes them and reports such incidents to its overseers in the government, the official said.

The disclosure sheds additional light on statements intelligence officials have made recently, reassuring the public that they do not “target” Americans for surveillance without warrants.

At a House Intelligence Committee oversight hearing in June, for example, a lawmaker pressed the deputy director of the N.S.A., John Inglis, to say whether the agency listened to the phone calls or read the e-mails and text messages of American citizens. Mr. Inglis replied, “We do not target the content of U.S. person communications without a specific warrant anywhere on the earth.”
Timothy Edgar, a former intelligence official in the Bush and Obama administrations, said that the rule concerning collection “about” a person targeted for surveillance rather than directed at that person had provoked significant internal discussion.

“There is an ambiguity in the law about what it means to ‘target’ someone,” Mr. Edgar, now a visiting professor at Brown, said. “You can never intentionally target someone inside the United States. Those are the words we were looking at. We were most concerned about making sure the procedures only target communications that have one party outside the United States.”

The rule they ended up writing, which was secretly approved by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, says that the N.S.A. must ensure that one of the participants in any conversation that is acquired when it is searching for conversations about a targeted foreigner must be outside the United States, so that the surveillance is technically directed at the foreign end.

Americans’ communications singled out for further analysis are handled in accordance with “minimization” rules to protect privacy approved by the surveillance court. If private information is not relevant to understanding foreign intelligence, it is deleted; if it is relevant, the agency can retain it and disseminate it to other agencies, the rules show.

While the paragraph hinting at the surveillance has attracted little attention, the American Civil Liberties Union did take note of the “about the target” language in a June 21 post analyzing the larger set of rules, arguing that the language could be interpreted as allowing “bulk” collection of international communications, including of those of Americans.

Jameel Jaffer, a senior lawyer at the A.C.L.U., said Wednesday that such “dragnet surveillance will be poisonous to the freedoms of inquiry and association” because people who know that their communications will be searched will change their behavior.

“They’ll hesitate before visiting controversial Web sites, discussing controversial topics or investigating politically sensitive questions,” Mr. Jaffer said. “Individually, these hesitations might appear to be inconsequential, but the accumulation of them over time will change citizens’ relationship to one another and to the government.”

The senior intelligence official argued, however, that it would be inaccurate to portray the N.S.A. as engaging in “bulk collection” of the contents of communications. “ ‘Bulk collection’ is when we collect and retain for some period of time that lets us do retrospective analysis,” the official said. “In this case, we do not do that, so we do not consider this ‘bulk collection.’ ”

Stewart Baker, a former general counsel for the N.S.A., said that such surveillance could be valuable in identifying previously unknown terrorists or spies inside the United States who unwittingly reveal themselves to the agency by discussing a foreign-intelligence “indicator.” He cited a situation in which officials learn that Al Qaeda was planning to use a particular phone number on the day of an attack.

“If someone is sending that number out, chances are they are on the inside of the plot, and I want to find the people who are on the inside of the plot,” he said.

The senior intelligence official said that the “about the target” surveillance had been valuable, but said it was difficult to point to any particular terrorist plot that would have been carried out if the surveillance had not taken place. He said it was one tool among many used to assemble a “mosaic” of information in such investigations. The surveillance was used for other types of foreign-intelligence collection, not just terrorism investigations, the official said.

There has been no public disclosure of any ruling by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court explaining its legal analysis of the 2008 FISA law and the Fourth Amendment as allowing “about the target” searches of Americans’ cross-border communications. But in 2009, the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel signed off on a similar process for searching federal employees’ communications without a warrant to make sure none contain malicious computer code.

That opinion, by Steven G. Bradbury, who led the office in the Bush administration, may echo the still-secret legal analysis. He wrote that because that system, called EINSTEIN 2.0, scanned communications traffic “only for particular malicious computer code” and there was no authorization to acquire the content for unrelated purposes, it “imposes, at worst, a minimal burden upon legitimate privacy rights.” - NY Times.

DELUGE: "It's A Real Mess" - Rescues And Evacuations As Deadly Floods Hit Missouri!

August 09, 2013 - UNITED STATES - Authorities conducted 25 rescues and evacuated 100 people from their homes overnight Thursday as more heavy rain fell on the saturated ground of Missouri, where the governor called out the National Guard to deal with deadly floods.

Nick Ramirez looks downstream for signs of his trailer which was swept away by flood waters.
Ramirez returned to the Hidden Valley Mobile Home Park after rescuing his neighbors to
find it was ripped from its spot in the park.
Dean Curtis, News-Leader via AP

In the small city of Hollister, near the tourist destination of Branson and the Arkansas state line, the creek that runs through the center of town quickly rose 15 feet. No one was injured.

Farther north in Waynesville, 4-year-old Elyjah Lee was killed and his mother, Jessica D. Lee, was missing after their car was swept into a creek on Tuesday, the state highway patrol said. According to The Associated Press, Lee made a distress call from her cell phone, and hours later her son’s body was found.

A second woman was killed when her car was swept away by an overflowing creek outside of Jane, in the southwestern region of Missouri, said the state Department of Public Safety’s director of communications, Mike O'Connell.

Heavy rain on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday caused a rapid rise in the Gasconade River and forced authorities to close part of Interstate 44, which slices across the Show-Me state from St. Louis to Oklahoma.

WATCH:  As the rain fell, water levels kept rising, making it difficult for emergency crews to reach people who managed to escape their homes only to become stranded. NBC's Kerry Sanders reports.

Thunderstorms swept across the southern half of the state again early Thursday, and in central Missouri the Gasconade was expected to rise to 32 feet — 12 feet above flood stage.

The National Weather Service predicted another round of thunderstorms in the area for Thursday night into Friday morning and againFriday night into Saturday morning. As a result, southern and central Missouri and southeast Kansas are under a flash flood watch through Saturday.

“It's a real mess,” Sgt. Dan Crain, a spokesman for the Missouri Highway Patrol, told The Weather Channel. “We're encouraging folks to be really careful. When there’s water over the roads, don’t take the chance. Don’t take the risk. Please turn around.”

Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday declared a state of emergency and ordered 50 military police from the Missouri National Guard to help local authorities protect lives and property.

The Russell family declined evacuation orders as Little Piney Creek
overtopped its banks in Newburg, Mo., on Wednesday.
Robert Cohen / St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP

The Weather Channel’s Mike Seidel reported that a woman in Hollister hung onto a basketball roof hoop, submerged in water, for two hours after being swept off the roof of her mobile home. Nick Ramirez told Missouri’s he returned to the same mobile home park to discover an empty space: “I can’t even find the trailer. It’s gone.”

In Nashville, Tenn., 211 water rescues were reported, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean said in a press conference. Only one person was injured, suffering a lacerated foot, officials told NBC News.

WATCH: A massive flash flood in Missouri's Turkey Creek moved a mobile home the length of a football field, leaving one woman hanging onto a nearby basketball hoop for two hours until being rescued by the fire department. Nashville could get another four to five inches of rain, and drier air won't come into the region until sometime next week. Weather Channel meteorologist Mike Seidel reports.

The water had mostly receded by Thursday afternoon, but authorities said they would remain on alert through the evening as additional rainfall was anticipated in Tennessee for Thursday night, said Dean.

“A couple more inches, and this area is going to be in trouble again so hopefully it’ll slow down,” Nashville Fire Dept. Chief George Hickey told NBC News. - NBC News.

DELUGE: 10 Drown As Boat Capsizes In Pakistan Flood Water - Recent Rains And Ensuing Flash Floods Have Caused Widespread Deaths!

August 09, 2013 - PAKISTAN - At least 10 people including two women and four children on Thursday drowned in a town of this southern province when a boat that was ferrying them in flood water capsized, sources have said.

Local residents rescued two children.

The incident took place at Ebrahim Shah village in the Tando Allah Yar town, where flood and rain water has stood since 2010 and villagers are ferried by boats through it to their destinations.

The family was sailing through the water to go to a field where they intended to pick cotton but the boat capsized drowning almost all on board except the two children.

The recent rains and ensuing flashfloods have caused several drownings in this province including in Karachi, the largest and most modern city of the country.

Five children from the same family drowned in rainwater pooled near Memon Goth recently, taking the death toll to 36 in this city because of the weekend rains.

In Shah Faisal Colony an 18 month old baby boy drowned in the Maliver River, which remained dry all year but is turned lethal by monsoons, especially when its bed is heavily silted.

In yet another tragic incident a car was washed away by the stormy rain water and drowned in Hub River. The bodies of a young mother and her infant were recovered and rescue officials were searching for the body of a man.

A body of a young man was also found floating in the Malir River near Safoora Goth, the western outskirt of the city.

All the incidents came amid official claims that drainages systems had been cleared.

The underpasses in the city remained inundated.

Officials were forecasting more rains in many parts of the country, and people were to expect more difficulties in the coming days as the dilapidated infrastructure was caving in badly after years of bad governance and corrupt practices, critics said. - Gulf News.

MONUMENTAL EARTH CHANGES: NOAA's "State Of The Climate In 2012" - 2012 Was One Of The 10 Warmest Years On Record; Sea Levels Reached A Record High; And Arctic Sea Ice Hit A Record Low!

August 09, 2013 - UNITED STATES - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has compiled a new report, compiled from four major independent databases, that shows that 2012 was one of the 10 warmest years on record, and that sea levels reached a record high, whilst the Arctic Sea ice hit a record low.

The annual report, titled ‘State of the Climate in 2012’, was released by the US Department of Commerce on Tuesday, and lists a series of global climate indicators that are key for determining the condition of the environment, and judging the effects that global warming may have had on the planet. The report includes information such as average temperatures, extreme weather events, Arctic ice melt, and global sea levels.

NOAA listed several points noted in the report: that both the US and Argentina recorded their hottest years ever, and many regions around the world suffered unusually extreme weather events and patterns.

The Arctic warmed up twice as fast as the rest of the planet, causing 97% of the Greenland ice sheet to show some signs of melting in July, 300% more than the average for that time of year.

Sea levels rose to record highs, having fallen in 2011 due to weak atmosphere-ocean phenomenon known as La Niña. The surface heat has continued to climb, the heat content remained near record levels, and ocean salinity persisted with its increasing trend.

The atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations continued to rise, with several Arctic observational posts recording that CO2 concentrations hit more than 400 parts per million,  for the first time ever.

Kathryn Sullivan, the acting administrator at NOAA, explained that “many of the events that made 2012 such an interesting year are part of the long-term trends we see in a changing and varying climate. Carbon levels are climbing, sea levels are rising, Arctic sea ice is melting and our planet as a whole is becoming a warmer place.”

She said that the report was meant to help governments, policymakers, and businesses prepare for the future, by providing them with the most accurate climate change data possible. - Oil Price.

ANIMAL BEHAVIOR: "Super-Bees" - Killer Bee Invasion In The United States Linked To Warmer Temperatures!

August 09, 2013 - UNITED STATES - Nearly 100,000 killer bees invaded a home near Houston, Texas, in June of 2013. The bees developed their colony in the home that was vacant for two years.

This 1991 photo shows a close up of an Africanized honeybee or killer bee. (AP Photo)

KHOU-tv reported on June 6 that the killer bees swarmed the neighbors' dog, killing the family pet. The bees were removed and taken away by a trained beekeeper.

The invasion could be the result of migration, researchers suspect. Jerry Hayes, the "honeybee guy" at Monsanto, said that the killer bees, which are Africanized bees, migrate where there are warm temperatures. Research also suggests that the bees' behavior changes with weather and fluctuations in barometric pressure.

Hayes describes them as "super-bees" which travel up to 300 miles per year to inhabit tropical to sub-tropical climates.

Professor of Entomology at Penn State University and Director of the PSU Center of Pollinator Research, Dr. Christina Grozinger, said that temperature plays a key role in where the bees migrate. Africanized bees have been found within the last five years as far as the Southeast coast.

Africanized bees originated in Africa and were brought over by researchers to Latin America. Researchers believed that since the climates were similar the bees would be able to survive and produce honey. Instead, they continued to migrate farther north due to the subtropicallike temperatures that occupy much of Arizona and Texas during the summer months.

Africanized bees are unable to survive in cold climates. Once the temperature begins to change, they migrate south or die off.

Hayes said that the bees can predict when winter is coming. Unlike Africanized bees, European bees, who originated from Europe, have the ability to survive during the winter.

"European honeybees act as a thermostat, expand during summer and when it gets cold they contract over winter to maintain their temperature of 93 degrees F," he said.

Africanized bees did not adapt to survive in cold temperatures; therefore, they will die in the winter months.

Hayes also said that the bees start to behave differently when there is a change in barometric pressure. Before it rains, they retreat to their hive and can become more aggressive. The bees are attuned to vibrations and may come back to the hive more defensive than when they left.

Due to the amount of predators Africanized bees faced in their native environment, they are naturally more aggressive than European honeybees.

Researchers are now questioning whether humid air causes bees to be more defensive. Dr. Eric Mussen, extension apiculturist in the entomology department at the University of California-Davis, said that this question has not yet been answered.

Africanized bees are valued for their honey production and their ability to pollinate flowers. The bees, which were brought over to Brazil for economic gain, have made the country one of the leading producers of honey, according to Grozinger. - AccuWeather.

DELUGE: Major Flooding Seen In North Georgia - Creates Nightmare Of Mudslides, Landslides, Sinkholes; Numerous Road Closures!

August 09, 2013 - UNITED STATES - Heavy rain created a nightmare in northern Georgia Wednesday morning.

Rain has washed out parts of this road in Jasper, Ga.

Mudslides blocked traffic on Highway 5 in Gilmer County as well as Highway 136 in Pickens County. At least one home has been evacuated.

Numerous roads were reported closed in Gilmer County, Pickens County, Dawson County and northern Forsyth County.

Radar Estimated Rainfall Totals: Yellow, orange and purple shadings show the heaviest rainfall
totals north of Atlanta, Ga. Over seven inches of rain was reported near Dawsonville, Ga.
 (Credit:  NWS-Peachtree City, Ga.)

Latest Rainfall estimates across North GA ...

Mountain Counties getting hit again with flooding. Jones Road in Jasper, Ga. #wsbtv

Cossawattee River at its banks. Rain still coming down hard.

Pickens County Chamber of Commerce #wsbtv

More than five inches of rain was reported near Jasper, Ga. and more than 7 inches was measured near Dawsonville, Ga.

WATCH: Major flooding at Heritage Park.

- TWC.