Flash Flood Watch Expanded

turn-aroundThe National Weather Service in Birmingham has expanded the Flash Flood Watch to include portions of central Alabama and west central Alabama…including the following areas…in central Alabama…Autauga, Bibb, Chilton, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore, Jefferson, Lowndes, Montgomery, Perry, Shelby, St. Clair and Talladega. In west central Alabama…Greene, Hale, Marengo, Pickens, Sumter and Tuscaloosa.

Rain amounts of 2 to 3 inches of rainfall…with localized higher amounts are possible through tonight in the watch area. Some of these areas are already saturated due to rainfall the past week.

The additional rainfall expected will be enough to aggravate any streams and creeks that are running above normal. Flooding will be possible in low lying areas and across roadways… especially roads that are close to creeks and streams. Ponding of water will be likely in urban areas where poor drainage exists.

A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation.

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should flash flood warnings be issued.