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Heavy Rain Douses Texas, Deep South

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Heavy rainfall obliterated records and inundated roads across the South this weekend, with more rain to come across many spots already impacted by a record dousing.

The heaviest rainfall amounts came south of Dallas, Texas between Thursday and Saturday, where some spots received upwards of 20 inches of rainfall. Corsicana and Powell, Texas both recorded over 20″ of rain, leading to a train derailment in the area on Saturday morning, and parts of both I-35 and I-45 in Texas were closed as well.

New Orleans, Louisiana broke a daily record with over 5″ of rainfall on Sunday alone, while much of the Houston-Galveston, Texas metro area received around 7″ of rainfall. Numerous road closures were reported in and around Houston on Saturday night and early Sunday morning, however by later Sunday, most of the flooding appeared to have subsided as lighter rainfall rates moved into southeast Texas.

Several brief tornadoes were reported in coastal Texas and Louisiana as converging surface winds created spin in the lower levels of the atmosphere. One in St. Charles Parish injured an elderly woman as her mobile home was moved by an EF-0 twister on Sunday morning. Brief tornadoes were also reported on Saturday in Pearland, Texas and near Brazoria, Texas as well, with neither twister creating significant damage.

The rain moves north and east by Monday and through the middle part of the week, with areas from Minnesota to Florida receiving a healthy dousing of rainfall. While 1-2″ rainfall amounts will be common across the Northeast, Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic and the Ohio River Valley, the 6″+ totals found across much of Texas and Louisiana likely won’t be found in many places as the system accelerates away from the Gulf of Mexico.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi

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