Several inches of rainfall has been reported across parts of Alabama leading to flash flooding, washed out roads, even water rescues. Slow-moving thunderstorms drenched parts of the state and the numbers coming in are quite impressive so far:
You can see the difference from where these storms hit versus where cities dodged the downpours. Even though most of the rain gauges shown here resemble light rainfall amounts, Montgomery’s five inch total correlates to some of the darker red colors you may see in this image. Now the question is, where is the heaviest of this rainfall going?
Forecast rainfall through Saturday night show pockets of 1-2″ or locally more in parts of the Southeast. It does appear the heaviest of the rain will move to the east of Alabama through the next 24-48 hours. However, slow-moving thunderstorms can pop up this time of the year in the Southeast. Weather models sometimes have a hard time picking out these smaller thunderstorms that pop up. That said, if you hear of a flash flood watch or warning issued for your area, check the message details and be aware of your surroundings!
The storm reports above show the flooding has been mostly confined to Alabama Thursday. Earlier in the week we saw flash flooding in Texas and Louisiana. If you can safely do so, please share weather pictures and/or videos of flooding near you to help illustrate our weather stories that we cover. You can submit them on our Facebook or Twitter pages, share them with us on Instagram, or e-mail the weather team to email@example.com.
For WeatherNation, Meteorologist Steve Glazier