In the wake of the storm that brought record rainfall to New Orleans, numerous rivers are out of their banks across the Deep South. Dry weather will dominate today, but more drenching rain on Thursday into Friday threatens to worsen the flooding situation.
After taking shape in the western Gulf of Mexico today, the rainstorm will reach New Orleans, Mobile and Tallahassee on Thursday afternoon. Jacksonville, Savannah, Charleston and Augusta, Ga., will then get soaked on Thursday night into Friday.
Drenching and potentially damaging thunderstorms will target central and South Florida on Friday. This includes Orlando and Miami.
One to three inches of rain, locally more, could fall from southeastern Louisiana to southern South Carolina and Florida.
Residents and motorists should prepare for flash flooding to quickly ensue, first in low-lying and urban areas. Flooding will worsen along already swollen streams and rivers, further inundating neighboring land, homes and roads.
Water ponding on I-10, I-65, I-75 and I-95 could cause vehicles to hydroplane. If you encounter a completely flooded road, do not proceed and endanger your life. Find an alternate route.
The flood threat across the Deep South has been heightened since recent rain has left the ground saturated.
New Orleans' International Airport was drenched by 5.71 inches of rain on Tuesday. That rain not only shattered the daily rainfall record, but brought the month's total to 22.48 inches. This December is now the airport's all-time wettest month.