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Flash Flood Risk Continues

23 May 2022, 5:50 pm

Excessive rainfall over the last 48 hours has led to flooding across the Central United States as well as parts of the Southeast. After New Orleans broke a record daily rainfall record Wednesday, Pensacola, Florida followed suit Thursday.

Many spots along the central Gulf Coast received more than 4″ of rain on Thursday!

Flooding potential for the Gulf Coast has ended, but is now shifting into the Carolinas for Friday.


Flood alerts are in place through parts of the Southeast through Friday morning. These are spots in the southern Appalachian mountains that have had their fair share of  heavy rain earlier this week, meaning additional rainfall will have trouble absorbing into the ground. Rivers creeks and streams are anticipated to run high too.

This is additional rain beyond what fell Thursday.


The Weather Prediction Center has issued a slight risk (level 2, on a scale of 1 to 4) for much of the eastern seaboard Friday. This means that these areas have a greater potential for flash flooding.

The forecast models are indicating the potential of 4″+ widespread through the upstate of South Carolina, western North Carolina and Virginia through Friday. Please do not drive through flooded roadways… remember the saying “turn around, don’t drown”.

Additional rain through the Great Lakes will be less overall through Friday morning, but pockets of rain could contribute to brief heavy downpours and ponding on the roadways. This is mainly due to the heavy rain in this area Wednesday which saturated the soils.


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