Flooding in the Southern United States: Alert and Forecast

Spring in the southern United States is already saturated with moisture and bracing for a new wave of rainfall. According to AccuWeather meteorologists, a couple of storms from the plains are heading towards the Atlantic coast, increasing the risk of heavy downpours and floods from the end of this weekend into the next week.

Recent deadly floods have ravaged East Texas in the past days and weeks, triggering flood emergencies and river overflows in the region since early May. The forecasts of more rain from thunderstorms as the two storms progress are causing concern.

Meteorologists warn that several inches of rain could fall rapidly, especially in areas north of Houston, leading to possible flooding issues once again. It is crucial for the population to heed evacuation warnings from local authorities and seek shelter if instructed to do so.

After a relatively calm start to the weekend following the recent severe weather spell, the next storm is expected to arrive from the Rocky Mountains and the Southwest starting on Sunday. This will be the first of several storms renewing the risk of floods and severe weather, starting in the southern plains and the Lower Mississippi Valley.

Intense rains on Sunday may affect parts of northern Louisiana and East Texas, areas that have recently experienced severe flooding. In East Texas, up to 20 inches of rain has been recorded since early May. The first round of precipitation from Sunday night to Monday is expected to bring general rainfall of 1 to 3 inches, with locally higher accumulations – enough to trigger flooding issues due to saturated soil and rivers near or above their limits.

Aside from heavy rains, severe thunderstorms are expected with some risk of damaging winds and hail on Sunday across Texas and southern Louisiana. By Monday, the risk will extend further east towards the Mississippi Valley, where meteorologists describe a “moderate risk”. Due to this situation, many Mother’s Day celebrations may need to be moved indoors for the weekend.

Efforts for cleanup will be impacted by another round of intense storms, including a possible risk of severe storms on Tuesday. Travel between Atlanta and Charlotte along Interstate 85 may be difficult due to wet weather on Tuesday. Torrential rains could reduce visibility and create puddles on some roads. Several inches of rain are expected in the southeast before the first storm moves away from the east coast on Wednesday.