Floods and severe weather threats in the south
by Weather.com Meteorologists
Less than an hour ago
- Heavy rains will continue in the south over the next few days.
- Rain can lead to more flooding while also helping with drought.
- Some severe storms are likely near the Gulf Coast.
Heavy rain and thunderstorms are contributing to the threat of flash flooding in parts of the South, and some storms near the Gulf Coast may become severe and produce damaging wind gusts as well as a few tornadoes.
Here’s what we’re tracking now: Locally heavy rains continue from southeast Texas to the lower Mississippi Valley, resulting in flash flood warnings being issued at times. Here’s a look at the latest radar for the area.
The National Weather Service expects moderate to major river flooding in parts of Texas and Louisiana.
Flooding, especially on roads, has been reported since late Tuesday from southeast Texas to parts of the lower Mississippi Valley, as shown by blue icons in the map below. Multi-inch rainfall totals were recorded throughout this corridor.
Flood alerts are in effect for parts of the south: The National Weather Service issued flood watches from eastern Texas to the lower Mississippi Valley and southern Appalachia. This means that flooding is possible in these areas during the next two days.
As always, if you encounter a flooded road, do not attempt to drive through flood water. If you live in a place prone to flooding, pay attention to any warnings issued for your area.
Here’s the latest timing for possible heavy rains and severe storms:
- Thursday Friday: The potential for heavy rain and flash flooding may shift farther east from southeastern Louisiana and the Florida Panhandle toward the northeast into northern Georgia, Alabama, and southern Appalachia. Some severe storms are likely along the central Gulf Coast.
- This weekend: Another bout of heavy rain could spread across the south, prolonging the wet pattern across the region.
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Rounds of rain are expected to lead to higher rainfall totals in several states over the weekend: An additional 3 to 5 inches of rain is possible this weekend from Louisiana to parts of Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, northern Georgia, northern South Carolina and southwestern North Carolina. Locally higher totals of 5 to 8 inches are not out of the question in some locations.
Some heavy rain will fall in the drier areas of the south: As mentioned earlier, while this rain can lead to flooding if too much falls at once, it can also help with droughts. Much of the region stretching from the Lower Mississippi Valley to the Tennessee Valley was classified in various levels of drought according to the U.S. Drought Monitor update last week.
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