Much-needed rainfall finally hit the South of the US this week after almost three months of drought and episodes of wildfires.
AccuWeather Meteorologist Jake Sojda reported: “The most recent high pressure system that has kept the South Central states dry will slowly shift east early this week.”
Much Needed Rain
Tennessee welcomed the bout of rain as fires raged through the state, claiming the lives of residents and homes.
While Texas is expected to get rain later this month, regions such as Louisiana and Eastern Texas and undergoing “a period of moderate-to-severe drought”, as reported by the US Drought Monitor.
regions such as Galveston received record numbers of rainfall, which 160mm in the city on Saturday alone. Galveston County is estimated to have reached 250mm throughout.
As with any sudden and heavy period of rainfall, widespread flash flooding is occurring in several regions, with incidents being reported as disabling roads and endangering residents. Shelters have also been set up for those seeking temporary accommodation after damage to their homes.
Southwest North Carolina, northern Georgia, northern Alabama and central Mississippi are expected to receive between 200-400mm of rain.
The rain is expected to dissipate before reaching Alabama, Georgia, and Florida, whose last recorded recorded rainfall occurred in late September.
Many states can see up to 125m of rain as a weather warning has been issued until Tuesday, and should clear by Thursday.
Delays and Warnings
Events, such as the AAA Texas 500 NASCAR race, were delayed due to heavy rainfall and weather conditions.
Accuweather reports state: “Where the ground is particularly dry, increased runoff will heighten the threat of localized flooding in low-lying and poor-drainage areas.
“Water ponding on area interstates and highways will heighten potential for vehicles to hydroplane.”
Residents have been warned that road conditions will be dangerous and drivers should be careful in areas with heavy flooding.