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Flooding Threat Across The Gulf Coast States

A strong cold front associated with a rather cold spring storm has settled over the Southern U.S. this week, producing very heavy rain. Portions of the Gulf Coast have seen more than 6″ of rain in the last few days. Flash Flood Watches are in effect from eastern areas of Texas to the Florida Panhandle.

High amounts of atmospheric humidity will spread north out of the Gulf of Mexico where a stalled cold front will work with weaker systems aloft to bring bouts of heavy rain and potentially severe storms.

Rain So Far

One reason flash flooding (floods that develop seemingly out of nowhere, or in a very short amount of time) could be possible, is that some spots have already received quite a bit of rain already this week. Areas from the Arklatex to Lake Pontchartrain have picked up more than 6″ of rain.

Flood Outlooks

Excessive rainfall is expected along the Gulf of Mexico coast from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle. Cities like Mobile and New Orleans are under the risk for excessive rain.

Rainfall Forecast

Additional heavy rain is expected for many areas across the Southern U.S. over the next few days.  Some totals of 3″ to 6″ will be possible.

Stay with WeatherNation for all of the latest on the potential for flooding over the Southern U.S. through midweek.

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Devon is a native of Macomb in Western, Illinois but has made his travels across the country from Las Vegas to Washington, D.C.  with stops in Tulsa, Little Rock, Kansas City, and Salt Lake City.  His passion for weather developed at an early age and can be traced back to when he was 5 years old and dressed up as a walking tornado for Halloween.  His college education came through the Universit... Load Morey of Oklahoma where he completed his B.S. in meteorology with a minor in math.   Devon has been through weather extremes from 110°+ heat in Las Vegas, to 3 feet of snow in Washington, D.C. where in his first winter experienced the all-time record snowfall for the season (winter of 2009/2010)!  He’s also chased tornadoes in Oklahoma and saw his very first off of I-70 on the front range of Colorado.