Flood threat keeps trucking south
Periods of relentless torrential rains on Wednesday will continue to submerge parts of the Deep South and the Gulf Coast. The area has come under fire for most of the week so far, resulting in flash flooding.
New Orleans International Airport (ICAO code: MSY) received a daily record 4.1 inches of rain on Monday. Daily records of 1.78 and 3.22 inches were set Tuesday in Pensacola, Fla. And Shreveport, Louisiana, respectively. Additional records could be set on Wednesday.
A frontal border will remain blocked across the south for at least one more day. Waves of energy will travel along the forehead, and with a lot of moisture and energy in the atmosphere, they will produce showers and thunderstorms. The rain can sometimes be heavy enough to stop truckers in their tracks due to the poor visibility. There is the potential for additional flash floods and road closures, and a few storms can also produce high winds, large hail, or an isolated tornado.
It won’t be a widespread flooding that practically halt freight flows and supply chains for days or weeks, but temporary delays are likely.
National Weather Service (NWS) flash flood watches remain in place from Beaumont, Texas to Pensacola. These are the areas most prone to flooding based on the forecast total precipitation and their proximity to sea level. Travel will be complicated along the I-10 corridor, as well as on sections of highways 55, 59 and 65. The watches will expire at several hours on Wednesday afternoon.
Parts of the region, including the Florida Peninsula and southern Georgia, could experience heavy rain on Thursday. Two-day totals could again exceed 3 inches in some places. Most southern countries should have a chance to dry out this weekend.
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