Dec 28, 2018

Severe Storm System Brings Flood Risks to the South

Floods have been reported through Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas

Storm moves across the U.S., bringing flood risk
Storm moves across the U.S., bringing flood risk

A severe storm system has caused blizzard conditions throughout the Midwest and heavy rainfall in the South. The system now is expected to move through the mid-Atlantic this weekend, bringing heavy rainfall and potentially bringing some cities to their wettest years on record.

According to CNN, the system dumped more than 11 in. of rain across some areas of Louisiana and Mississippi, where flash flood emergencies were issued Dec. 27. More than 50 million people remained under flood and flash flood watches from Louisiana to New Jersey. In the Midwest, blizzards tore through Kansas, Nebraska, Minnesota and the Dakotas.

Additionally, at least 11 in. of rain dropped in parts of Washington Parish, La., and Walthall County, Miss., according to the National Weather Service. The weather system stalled in that area for five or six hours and brought the threat of flooding. Numerous road closures, river flooding, stalled vehicles and water rescues were reported from southeastern Louisiana to western Alabama, as reported by AccuWeather.

According to The Weather Channel, the cold front associated with Winter Storm Eboni is bringing the heavy rain and blizzard conditions. Several water rescues were reported in Hattiesburg, Miss., late Dec. 27 and road closures were reported early Dec. 28 between Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Tenn. The storm system may bring some cities to their wettest year on record, as more than a dozen cities in the East and Midwest have already broken records, including Beaumont, Texas; Atlanta; Asheville, N.C.; Raleigh, N.C.; and Pensacola, Fla.

The storm is expected to move east, threatening the upper Gulf Coast, southern Appalachians and part of the mid-Atlantic with heavy rainfall and flood risk.