Southerners Threatened by More Flooding, Potentially Damaging Storms

By: Accuweather
By: Accuweather

Southerners will continue to deal with heavy rain and isolated damaging storms into Tuesday night. Street flooding and blinding downpours will create travel disruptions, while river flooding, already occurring, could be exacerbated.

The heaviest rain will continue to pour down from southern Louisiana through southern Georgia into the first part of tonight. Rainfall totals of 1-3 inches will be widespread, while some cities and towns could get even more.

Street flooding will force people to turn around and find alternate routes in many areas today. Downpours will continue to slow travel along I-10, I-65 and I-75.

Rapid small stream and poor drainage flooding will surely result. Some homes are at risk for taking in water.

These same areas getting pounded by the current round of rain have received upwards of a foot of rain over the past week. New Orleans has already set a record rainfall amount for month of December.
Minor to moderate river flooding is going on in the region. Additional rainfall may push some rivers to even higher levels.

Southern Georgia and northern Florida is the area most likely to get hammered by drenching and locally gusty storms. Savannah, Ga., and Apalachicola, Fla., lie in this zone.

The strongest storms will have the potential to produce damage, such as downing trees. It is not entirely out of the question for an isolated tornado or waterspout to touch down.

A couple communities in southern Alabama had damage from unconfirmed tornadoes on Monday afternoon.

AccuWeather.com's Weather Summaries page has details on the flash flooding incidences, rainfall amounts and storm damage that occurred in the South on Monday.


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