Life-threatening flash floods and severe storms hit the Gulf Coast


Dangerous flash floods Rain is possible in Louisiana and Mississippi on Wednesday as 2 to 5 inches of rain is expected to fall across the region, bringing more severe weather afterward. At least 75 people in the United StatesNate sTits killing In the storms last week.

Rainfall rates of 2 to 3 inches per hour are likely to cause flash flooding, especially if a slow-moving axis of heavy rainfall forms over urban areas.

New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Lafayette in Louisiana, as well as Jackson, Hattiesburg, Biloxi and Gulfport in Mississippi are just a few cities at risk of flash flooding.

Forecasters warned that local rainfall totals in the double digits in the 10-12 inch range are not out of the question either, especially after rain fell for the second time during the day Thursday.

Satellite image across the southern United States on January 24, 2024. (NOAA)

Satellite image across the southern United States on January 24, 2024. (NOAA)

These large rainfall rates, combined with already saturated ground, will create the risk of deadly flash flood conditions. Water flowing onto roads may wash away cars and may be difficult to detect if flooding occurs during the night.

In addition to urban flash flooding, river flooding will also be a concern, especially along major rivers such as the Trinity, San Jacinto, and Navidad rivers in southeast Texas, all of which are expected to rise to major flood stage within the next 24 hours. 48 hours.

Severe weather is also likely along the Gulf Coast from southern Texas to western Alabama on Wednesday, with cities like New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Mobile being most at risk of severe thunderstorms. Winds in excess of 60 mph, isolated tornadoes, and damaging hail are likely.

The combination of gusty winds and flooding can create a danger to fallen trees and power lines, so officials stressed the importance of staying away from fallen power lines and staying away from any water near them, as electrocution can occur.

The recent rounds of rain are part of an active weather pattern affecting much of the eastern half of the contiguous United States. While it engulfs the Southern Tier, the Northern Tier from the Midwest and the Great Lakes to the Northeast and New England is dealing with a chaotic situation. Rounds of wintry rain, including a mix of freezing rain and snow.

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