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Potential severe weather and flooding affecting the area today through Thursday

According to the Escambia County EMA, heavy rain and severe storms will be affecting the area this afternoon through Thursday.

“The latest from the National Weather Service in Mobile AL shows good confidence in the potential of heavy rain and severe storms affecting the area today through Thursday. Several rounds of rain and thunderstorms will be expected beginning midday today and persisting into Thursday as a strong cold front slowly moves through the area,” stated Escambia County EMA Director David Adams.

He continued, “A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for most of our area. We are also under a slight risk for severe weather.”

With the heavy rain comes a potential for flooding.

Adams explained, “The forecast from the River Forecast Center has the crest for Murder Creek at Brewton at just over 23’ on Friday morning. This will be very close if not over Highway 41.”

Encouraging everyone to be aware of his or her surroundings, Adams shared, “Please watch this closely and plan accordingly.  If water covers the roadway, turn around and do not cross it.  You cannot determine the depth of the water or if the roadway or bridge may be damaged or washed out.”

The following is a breakdown of the specific risks affecting the area as stated by Adams.

Heavy Rain potential:

  • Highest Threat Level:Elevated  
  • When:Rain will begin Wednesday and persist through Thursday. The best potential for heavy rain will be late Wednesday afternoon into early Thursday morning.
  • What:Heavy rainfall of widespread 2 to 4 inches with 3 to 5 inches within the Flash Flood Watch. Locally heavier amounts of 6 inches or more will be possible, especially along the I-65 corridor. Flash flooding along with river flooding could be possible.
  • Where: The entire area with the main axis likely along and southeast of the Interstate 65 corridor.
  • Confidence:High

Severe potential:

  • Highest Threat Level:Slight  
  • When: Rain will begin midday Today and persist through Thursday. The best potential for severe storms will be late Wednesday afternoon into early Thursday morning.
  • What:Severe thunderstorms with damaging winds and possible tornadoes.
  • Where:Strong to severe storms will be possible across our whole area. The best risk will likely be along the coast and east of I-65.
  • Confidence:Moderate for Wednesday afternoon into Thursday morning.