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Flash Flooding Likely To Accompany Storms

The storms that are expected to roll across the Southeast this weekend will certainly bring the threat of damaging winds, hail, and even tornadoes. Something else to keep an eye on is the heavy rain associated with these storms.

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As an area of low pressure develops Sunday, it will form pockets of heavy rain. The rain will move east throughout Sunday night and into early Monday morning. Commonly referred to as training thunderstorms, the weather setup Sunday supports heavy thunderstorms over the same area, in a repeated fashion. These heavy rain rates within the thunderstorms can easily cause flooding and flash flooding.

Forecast rainfall through Monday, April 20th where areas of yellow, orange, and red show a few inches of rainfall or more.

States that will have a higher likelihood of flooding will be Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and South Carolina. Several inches of rain may fall by the time this is all said and done. Some of these spots have already had a very wet start to the year, which may make floods happen more easily.

Dark green represents a flash flood watch for these select counties. *Note* This will likely be adjusted as the rain begins and ends. Check your local National Weather Service office for the latest regarding current flood alerts.

Here’s what you can do to stay safe. Pay attention to any flood watches that are issued for your location. These flood watches will give you a heads up that high water will be possible during the next several hours. Listen for flood warnings too, especially flash flood warnings. Those alerts are issued for quickly-rising water which may make travel impossible in select areas.

This image shows the likelihood of flooding on Sunday, April 19th. Areas in the shade that say ‘SLGT’ and ‘MOD’ have a higher likelihood of experiencing flooding.

If you have to travel to a designated safe place or shelter, know how long it will take you to get there because this rain will make surfaces slick and possibly shut down some roads.

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Summer of 1993, New England Dragway. That's when and where Steve knew he wanted to become a meteorologist. More than 20 years later he is extremely fortunate and blessed to be able to live his childhood dream. As a lover of math and science, Steve had a consistent interest in weather in elementary, middle, and high school before discovering you can major in meteorology. He attended Lyndon State Co... Load Morellege in Vermont where he received a bachelor's in meteorology-broadcasting and associate's in television news. He has worked as a meteorologist and reporter in Winchester, VA, Burlington, VT, and most recently in West Palm Beach, FL. He's recognized by the American Meteorological Society with the Certification of Broadcast Meteorologists.

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