33 million people under floods watch the South drenched in another day of torrential rain


The South is bracing for another day of heavy rain, thunderstorms and possible flooding, with 33 million people still under flood watch from Texas to Tennessee.

The rain comes after heavy rain Submerged areas in the south on Wednesday It led to disaster declarations in San Jacinto County and Montgomery counties in Texas and flood rescues.

While less rain is expected on Thursday, it will raise major flooding concerns tonight across the South due to already saturated soils and full rivers. In southeast Texas, five rivers are expected to reach major flood stage within the next day or two.

Emergency service workers hold a man's hands in the San Jacinto River while another evacuee sits on a small boat.  (Montgomery County Emergency Service District 3/via Facebook)

Emergency service workers hold a man’s hands in the San Jacinto River while another evacuee sits on a small boat. (Montgomery County Emergency Service District 3/via Facebook)

Most places in the South will see one to two inches of additional rain, but up to four inches could fall, especially in south Louisiana through Friday.

In Louisiana, A Severe thunderstorm warning It was issued for parts of Tangipahoa Parish, Washington Parish and southern Mississippi Thursday morning as a line of storms moved into the area, with winds expected to reach 40 mph. Just a day ago, heavy rains and floods in the state left cars stranded and streets turned into rivers.

In Texas, a disaster declaration was issued Wednesday for residents below the Lake Livingston Dam and urged to evacuate due to rising water levels. Firefighters rescued 17 people and 15 pets Wednesday from San Jacinto River floodwaters.

On Thursday morning he was there 19 warnings and 2 tips A flood and river flood warning has been put in place affecting 23 areas in the state.

Many cities from Texas to the Northeast saw more than double their average rainfall during the month of January. Dozens of cities including Portland, Maine; Philadelphia, Asheville, Austin, Atlantic City, Baltimore and Boston have already recorded the top 10 wettest Januarys on record.

Meanwhile, the Midwest and southern Great Lakes to the Northeast will also see periods of light to moderate rain on Thursday.

Widespread dense fog also shrouded much of the country east of the Rocky Mountains for the third day in a row, causing travel delays with hubs like Chicago, Nashville, Pittsburgh and Cleveland under dense fog warnings Thursday morning and making road travel dangerous.

This article was originally published on NBCNews.com

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