County gets drenched

Published 11:59 pm Monday, March 16, 2009

Meteorologists said Covington County received almost 4 inches of rain between Saturday and Monday.

Eric Esbensen, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Mobile, said most of the precipitation was in the western side of the county.

“During this whole event, we were seeing readings of anywhere from 3 inches to 4.75 inches,” Esbensen said Monday. “Most of the rain has been in the western portion of the county, but some of the heavier rainfall was also in the Andalusia area and down toward Florala. Probably for the entire county itself, you’re looking at an average of 3.75 inches of rainfall since the last 48 hours.”

Kristi Stamnes, director of the Covington County Emergency Management Agency, said the county was put under a small river flood advisory on Monday afternoon, but she was unaware of any major flooding in the area.

“Thank goodness for that,” she said. “It was some much needed rain, too. We’re looking at it clearing up for pretty much the rest of the week, but there’s a chance we could see a little more rain this weekend as well.”

Esbensen said areas further southwest of Covington County, around Bay Minette and Atmore, received closer to 5 inches of rain. He also confirmed that precipitation in the county should be relatively light the rest of the week.

“This is a slow moving system,” he said. “I’m sure there will be a few more spot showers (Monday evening), but by (today) it should be out of the area.”

According to the National Weather Service, the local forecast for the remainder of the week is as follows: Tuesday — mostly sunny, high of 77 and low of 47; Wednesday — mostly sunny, high of 75 and low of 47; Thursday — mostly sunny, high of 74 and low of 43, with a 20 percent chance of showers during the evening; Friday — sunny, with a high of 69 and a low of 39.