More rain expected over next two days; flash flooding possible




Pensacola FL flooding on 4/30/14

While it didn’t rain as nearly as bad as in the Florida Panhandle, Decatur County received at least 1.64 inches of rain on Tuesday, April 29 and 2.48 inches of rain on Wednesday, April 30, for a two-day total of 4.02 inches of rain, according to measurements by the U.S. Geological Service. More rain is in the forecast on Thursday and Friday.

NBC News reports:

On Tuesday, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle got the worst of it. At least one person was killed, a man in Florida whose car got stuck in rising water. He called for help, but the water was moving too quickly, authorities said.

Five inches of rain fell on Pensacola, Fla., in a single hour, from 9 to 10 p.m. Tuesday — more than during the entirety of Hurricane Ivan, which rolled through in 2004, said Kevin Roth, lead meteorologist for The Weather Channel.

The Escambia Sheriff’s Office in Pensacola logged over 26 inches according to WeatherBug.

Pictures of Pensacola flooding from Twitter:
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National Weather Service forecast for SW Georgia:

Tonight
Showers and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly before 5am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 5am. Low around 60. South wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Thursday
A 40 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 74. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.Thursday NightA 30 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54. West wind around 5 mph.

Friday
A 50 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 71. North wind 5 to 10 mph.

Friday Night
A 30 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 52. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

Flash Flood Watch

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TALLAHASSEE FL 208 PM EDT WED APR 30 2014 …FLASH FLOOD WATCH NOW IN EFFECT THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING FOR PORTIONS OF THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE…BIG BEND…AND SOUTH GEORGIA… .

ALTHOUGH THE HEAVIEST RAIN FROM THIS EVENT IS LIKELY OVER FOR MOST OF THE REGION…ADDITIONAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 1 TO 2 INCHES ARE LIKELY THROUGH THURSDAY. ISOLATED AMOUNTS OF 3 TO 6 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE. OF PARTICULAR CONCERN IS THE AREA THAT HAD 5 TO 10 INCHES OF RAIN SO FAR IN THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE.

FLASH FLOODING WAS ALREADY ONGOING IN BAY AND WALTON COUNTIES…AND THE WATER WILL BE SLOW TO RECEDE. ALTHOUGH RAIN IS LIKELY ON THURSDAY…AT THIS TIME WE EXPECT THOSE AMOUNTS TO BE MUCH LOWER THAN WHAT WE HAVE SEEN THE PAST 24 HOURS.

THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR

* PORTIONS OF FLORIDA AND GEORGIA…INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS…IN FLORIDA…CALHOUN…CENTRAL WALTON…COASTAL BAY… COASTAL FRANKLIN…COASTAL GULF…COASTAL WAKULLA…GADSDEN… INLAND BAY…INLAND FRANKLIN…INLAND GULF…INLAND WAKULLA… JACKSON…LEON…LIBERTY…SOUTH WALTON AND WASHINGTON. IN GEORGIA…DECATUR…GRADY…SEMINOLE AND THOMAS.

* THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING *
ADDITIONAL RAIN AMOUNTS THROUGH THURSDAY WILL BE IN THE 1 TO 2 INCH RANGE…WITH ISOLATED AMOUNTS OF 3 TO 6 INCHES POSSIBLE.

* THE MAIN CONCERN IS IN PORTIONS OF THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE…WHERE 24 HOUR RAIN TOTALS HAVE BEEN IN THE 5 TO 10 INCH RANGE AND FLASH FLOODING HAS BEEN OCCURRING. ANY ADDITIONAL HEAVY RAIN MAY GREATLY AGGRAVATE THE SITUATION.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION. YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED.




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