Southeast to get multiple rounds of rain, welcome in Florida
Friday, May 19, 2017, 12:45 - While it won't be enough to reverse the severe drought across parts of the state, Florida will continue to receive a welcome shot of rain this weekend and into next week.
"The only area that country has any significant drought is the South East and we could be in for a nice weekend surprise," The Weather Network meteorologist Jaclyn Whittal says.
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The weather pattern as of this week has brought several rounds of severe weather through the Central Plains, and now that the High Pressure ridge is breaking down, so the Southeast will get in on the action, too.
"There will be several storms that could bring up to 4-6 inches of rain from central LA to central Georgia," Whittal explains, adding that this will help with the ongoing, Extreme Level drought in Georgia.
The Florida Panhandle is also expected to see around 3 inches of rain.
"Unfortunately, where we need it the most south of Orlando, Florida, and it will not get that much," Whittal says. "This area could still see up to 1 to 3 inches with the five-day event."
Orlando is still 9.32 inches below the rain gauge since Jan. 1, 2017 local media reports. Florida and Georgia's fire season has also been very active.
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While all this rain is good news for the Southeast, the repeating downpours in Dixie Alley and into the Mid-South over the weekend will bring the risk for urban and flash flooding into Monday and Tuesday.
Friday saw flash flooding in Nashville, Tennessee, near Sumner County, with school buses trapped in rising water prompting rescue efforts.
This flooding emergency due in part to five days of Severe Weather through the Plains and now the Mid-South. A Flash Flood Emergency has been issued for Sumner County as severe thunderstorms move through the area overnight dumping 3-6 inches of rain in a short period of time.
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