Some Severe Storms, Flash Flooding Possible in the Southeast Through Tuesday After Sunday's Gulf Coast Tornadoes

April 23, 2018

A few more severe thunderstorms are possible in parts of the Southeast through Tuesday after a number of tornadoes touched down near the Gulf Coast on Sunday.

The same weather system that spawned at least five tornadoes Sunday from southeastern Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle is pivoting slowly eastward.

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Current Radar, Watches and Warnings

Just enough warmer, more humid air should be pulled northward ahead of the cold front in parts of the Carolinas to couple with a pronounced upper-level low spinning through the Tennessee Valley to give rise to at least a few severe thunderstorms from portions of southeastern North Carolina into northeastern South Carolina.

This may include Fayetteville and Wilmington, North Carolina, as well as Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

The greatest threat will be damaging wind gusts, although an isolated brief tornado cannot be ruled out.


Tuesday's Severe Weather Forecast

Locally heavy rain and spotty flash flooding are also possible both along the coast from Georgia to the eastern Carolinas and also in the southern Appalachians, where over 3 inches of rain may fall through Tuesday.


Rainfall Forecast Through Tuesday

The National Weather Service has issued flood watches for parts of northern Georgia, upstate South Carolina, western North Carolina and far southwestern Virginia. Flooding is possible along streams, creeks and main-stem rivers in this region.

Late last week, this system did squeeze out some desperately-needed rain over the worsening drought in the southern High Plains.

In general, the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles into southwestern Kansas picked up anywhere from one-third to two-thirds of an inch of rain Friday.

Amarillo, Texas, picked up 0.42 inches, its heaviest rain since early October. Guymon, Oklahoma (0.65 inches) and Coolidge, Kansas (0.61 inches) picked up over a half-inch of rain. 

This rain is only a drop in the bucket when it comes to drought recovery, but it temporarily put a lid on the extreme wildfire danger that has been in place of late.

(MORE: Deadly Plains Wildfires)

Unfortunately, not everyone in the southern High Plains picked up rain.

While thunderstorms were in the vicinity, Lubbock, Texas, only picked up a trace of rain, with blowing dust.


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