Stormy weather is on the way, but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate the Fourth of July.
We just have to move the party indoors.
The Weather Channel and the National Weather service are predicting storms that could prove to be nasty.
The latest “special weather statement” is printed below. Take heed.
Don’t drive through flooded streets, please.
If you do, you’ll put yourself at risk … and the folks who will have to rescue you.
Happy Soggy 4th of July!
Special Weather Statement
… Potential exists for significant flash flooding and river flooding Wednesday through Friday…
An unusual weather pattern for July is setting up across the southeastern United States. An upper level low is slowly drifting west as the Bermuda high starts to build in from the east. This will lead to the development of organized thunderstorms over the area. At the same time… a deep plume of tropical moisture is forecast to move into the peach state tonight through Friday. Thunderstorms are forecast to continue developing in eastern Georgia and gradually spread over the state through Thursday… and should gradually end on Saturday. Rainfall from these thunderstorms are expected to be anywhere from 2 to 4 inches… with locally higher amounts possible.
This deep plume of moisture is similar to other significant flooding events that the southeastern United States has experienced in the past few years. Thunderstorms that do develop will have the capability to produce a lot of rain in a short period of time. Thunderstorms that train over the same area will likely lead to flooding of those areas.
While all the ingredients support the possibility of a significant flooding event… the details of what and where the flooding will occur is yet to be known. Current computer models predict anywhere from 2 to 6 inches over the area and some of the models predict up to 8 inches with some of the significant training of thunderstorms. Regardless… with all the recent rain… flooding could occur in the area.
With Independence Day this week… it is likely that many people from out of town will be driving through or staying in the area. It is important that these people understand to the best of their ability where they are… and what county they are staying in.
Remember that flooding at night is especially dangerous. Never drive into flooded roadways. Be smart… turn around… don’t drown. Stay tuned to future statements and possible watches and warnings about this possible significant flooding event.