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Localized Flash Flood Threat in Much of the East Monday
Published: June 10, 2019
Locally heavy rain is expected from the Southeast into the Appalachians and Northeast through Monday, potentially triggering more flash flooding.
Current Radar, Watches and Warnings
Flash flood watches have been issued by the National Weather Service through Monday evening in parts of western North Carolina and southwest Virginia. This region is already saturated after heavy rain over the weekend triggered significant flooding.
Other parts of the East will also see pockets of moderate to heavy rain through Monday night which could trigger localized flash flooding. The downpours could also slow travel in some areas.
Additional Rainfall Forecast
As always, if you are in an automobile and encounter a flooded roadway, do not attempt to drive through floodwaters.
Here are some notable rainfall totals in the South from this event (since last Wednesday morning), according to NOAA's Weather Prediction Center:
-Midfield, Texas: 14.02 inches
-Near Boone, North Carolina: 13.57 inches
-Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge, Louisiana: 12.85 inches
-Near Fleetwood, North Carolina: 10.25 inches
-Near Copper Hill, Virginia: 9.06 inches
-Baton Rouge, Louisiana: 8.97 inches
-Olive Branch, Mississippi: 8.70 inches
-Panama City, Florida (Tyndall AFB): 8.13 inches
-Near Lexington, South Carolina: 7.86 inches
-Wakefield, Virginia: 7.59 inches
-LaFayette, Georgia: 6.14 inches
-Fort Smith, Arkansas: 4.17 inches
Overnight Friday, flash flooding in the Greensboro and High Point, North Carolina, metro areas swept four to five vehicles off a road and prompted water rescues near Archdale, stalled another vehicle near Jamestown, and closed two sections of Latham Road on the north side of Greensboro.
A pair of roads and a bridge in Hickory, North Carolina, were flooded Friday night, leaving several residents unable to drive home, according to the National Weather Service.
LaFollette, Tennessee, about 30 miles north-northwest of Knoxville, was hit by major flash flooding Friday night after at least an estimated 5 inches of rain soaked parts of Campbell County.
The town's middle school, two churches, police and fire stations were flooded. Five residents were evacuated by boat, according to local broadcast media. Five roads were still flooded and closed early Saturday morning, according to Campbell County, Tennessee, law enforcement.
Flash flooding also occurred around the Columbia, South Carolina, metro area, stranding cars on Main and Whaley streets downtown and swamping both east and westbound lanes of Interstate 20 south of Lexington. An observer west of Red Bank measured 5.75 inches of rain.
One person died when their vehicle stalled in floodwaters Thursday morning in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, as rain fell at the rate of 2 to 3 inches per hour. Multiple roads and cars were flooded, and a tornado damaged a building and overturned cars in Westminster, Louisiana.
The National Weather Service confirmed a short-lived EF1 tornado damaged an area near Baton Rouge General Hospital.
Thursday afternoon, flash flooding was also occurring in the Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Oklahoma, metro areas, with flooded roads and water rescues reported.
The Oklahoma City suburb of Bethany, Oklahoma, picked up more than 5 inches of rain in two hours Thursday. Tulsa reported 3.12 inches of rain in one hour.
Rainfall totals of 8 to 14 inches triggered flooding southwest of Houston in parts of Wharton, Fort Bend and Matagorda counties in Texas.
Numerous water rescues from vehicles were reported in the area, according to the National Weather Service.
Over 5 inches of rain also triggered flooding in College Station, Texas.
Beaumont/Port Arthur, Texas, picked up 7 inches of rain.
Another area of heavy rain triggered flooding in the Memphis, Tennessee, metro area early Friday morning, swamping roads and parking lots in the suburbs of Germantown, Tennessee, and Olive Branch, Mississippi.
Another area of heavy rain parked over northern Arkansas led to a rise of over 6 feet on the Buffalo River, prompting evacuation of 14 campers in northwestern Searcy County early Friday, according to local media and the National Weather Service. Two to 6 inches of rain was reported overnight in northern Arkansas.
Flooding closed multiple roads Saturday in Franklin and Wake counties, North Carolina, north of Raleigh, and near Callaway, Virginia. Flooding prompted a water rescue near McLeansville, North Carolina, northeast of Greensboro.
Significant flooding, including multiple water rescues and apartment flooding, developed Saturday evening in Hickory, North Carolina.
Read more about the flooding impacts in North Carolina at this link.
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