Flooding on Downtown West Blvd. Thursday, June 11, 2009. (Photo Courtesy: Kiley Yarbrough)
Soaking showers and thunderstorms have shifted slightly southeastward, allowing rains to soak areas across the northern Florida Peninsula. With plenty of wet weather ahead, residents are urged to keep umbrellas nearby and to watch for flooded roadways.
A pesky stationary front draped across the northern Gulf of Mexico will interact with a vast amount of moisture helping to create more widespread rainfall. Showers and thunderstorms will stretch from the Carolina Coast to Florida and Louisiana.
Drenching showers and thunderstorms will be following closely to Florida's I-10, which will cause numerous traffic delays and reduced visibility. Thunderstorms have the potential to become locally severe as the day progresses with the threat of damaging winds, hail and widespread lightning strikes.
Secondary roads along the Gulf coast have the potential to become flooded through Wednesday evening, while blinding rain will greatly reduce visibility across the affected region. Motorists are advised never to drive over flooded roadways as you may jeopardize your life and others. Find an alternate route instead.
Flash flooding will also be a concern for low-lying, poorly drained areas and those areas near waterways. Small streams especially may be problematic as torrential rains may propel water above their banks. Excessive rain could also spell trouble for homeowners as water may seep into basements.The area where the drenching thunderstorms will be most torrential and widespread lies across northern Florida. This includes those cities near the I-10 and I-75 corridors like Gainesville, Ocala, St. Augustine and Jacksonville. These areas will also have the greatest chance for dangerous flash flooding.
Showers and thunderstorms will persist across the Southeast and Gulf coasts into at least Friday. The focal point for the most numerous thunderstorms will exist near the border separating Florida and Georgia.