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City of Gainesville to operate on 2-hour delay Thursday

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (Oct. 28, 2020) – With Hurricane Zeta expected to bring potentially damaging weather to the area, the City of Gainesville will operate on a two-hour delay Thursday, Oct. 29, to ensure the safety of its visitors and staff.

All city administrative offices and facilities will open at 10 a.m., including the Gainesville Administration Building, Gainesville Community & Economic Development building, Gainesville Public Safety Complex, Gainesville-Hall County Senior Life Center, Gainesville Civic Center and Frances Meadows Center.

Gainesville Connection and Hall County Dial-A-Ride will also operate on a two-hour delay, with services resuming at 10 a.m.

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued Wednesday, Oct. 28, a tropical storm warning for Gainesville-Hall County, adding to an already existing flash flood watch, currently in effect until 8 p.m. Thursday. According to the NWS, remnants of Zeta is expected to impact portions of North and West Georgia late Wednesday into Thursday.

“Maximum sustained winds are expected to be in the 25-40 mph range with gusts as high as 50-60 mph from tonight into Thursday morning,” it stated Wednesday afternoon. “Furthermore, rain bands will continue to impact the forecast area through Thursday afternoon. Rainfall totals are expected to range from 2-4 inches in North Georgia, with some locally higher amounts possible in far North Georgia.”

As of 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, the NWS stated Zeta was about 640 miles southwest of Atlanta moving north with an intensity of 90 mph. Zeta is expected to make landfall on the Southeast Louisiana coast this evening, it stated.

The public is encouraged to prepare now for the possibility of damaging weather, including but not limited to tropical storm-force winds and flooding rain. For preparedness information and tips, visit the NWS’s official website, weather.gov.