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Soaking Rains Create Flash Flood Threat in South

Atlanta, Chattanooga, Charlotte and Raleigh all at risk

Soaking rain will continue its slow journey across the South through Monday, ruining outdoor plans and heightening concerns for flash flooding.

The steadiest rain through tonight will remain centered on areas from Georgia to central Kentucky, neighboring Indiana and central Illinois.

The rain will then slowly pivot to the northeast Sunday through Monday, spreading across the Carolinas and the eastern Tennessee Valley.

Cities that are or will soon be in the path of this soaker include Augusta and Atlanta, Ga., Chattanooga, Tenn., Bowling Green, Ky., Greenville and Columbia, S.C., and Charlotte and Raleigh, N.C.

There is concern that the rain will pour down heavy enough to spark some incidents of flash flooding through Monday.

That is especially true in low-lying and poor drainage areas, as well as along the eastern slopes of the southern Appalachians and from northern Georgia to central Kentucky where the rain will total 2 to 4 inches.

Even where flooding does not result, residents and visitors can expect slow travel and spoiled outdoor plans--evident already when the rain band interfered with NASCAR festivities at Talladega Superspeedway earlier this weekend.

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Disruptions from the weather could also continue after the steadier rain's passage with spottier showers and thunderstorms, not dry weather, following in its footsteps.

It is not just umbrellas that those across the South will continue to pull out of the closet through Monday, but also jackets as the rain and accompanying clouds are holding temperatures significantly below typical early May highs.

Highs will be held to the 60s--even the 50s in some areas--from the Carolinas to the lower Mississippi Valley on Sunday. Highs in the 70s and lower 80s are more common this time of year.

It is not just flash flooding that AccuWeather.com meteorologists are concerned about across the South, but also river flooding across the lower and mid-Mississippi River basins.

Temperatures will rebound some for Monday, but will still be held to the 60s in Raleigh, Charlotte, Atlanta, Nashville and Montgomery.

Further warming will occur on Tuesday when the storm delivering the rain begins to press across the Northeast, ending the current stretch of dry and sunny weather.

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bollman002

last year in the midwest we had ,100 plus every day and no rain,this year it's wet and cold,i blame ,Al Gore and that global warming book of his.

May 05 2013 at 9:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
antgne

Climate change?

May 05 2013 at 4:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
RJM

For those who were complaining about the fires here in SoCalif and how we have them every year, as I said in response, each state in this country has their own series of natural disasters that occur - this flooding in the south/southeastern parts of the country answers that question quite nicely and puts their criticisms to rest. You know, in like a karmic kind of way.

May 05 2013 at 2:13 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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kevin

It ain't doing nothing but sprinkling here in NC. May get down stream flooding, but not very likely due to the limited amount of actual rain. These weather folks can't predict tomorrow's breakfast much less precipitation forecasts.
As for your fires, how about burn off the fuel before it gets to uncontrollable proportions. I believe it's called a fire ecology. no need to be a douche...

May 05 2013 at 8:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
SCUL8RSB

DON'NT FORGET YOUR FLIPPERS TODAY.

May 05 2013 at 1:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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