Rains could bring flooding

Published 12:00 am Friday, March 11, 2016

Expected rains in the coming days could bring localized flooding to small creeks and poor drainage areas, National Weather Service forecasters predict.

Covington County EMA Director Susan Harris said it appears that the widespread heavier rains will begin to affect mainly the Mississippi counties on Friday afternoon into Friday night, and then will move into parts of southwestern Alabama on Saturday.

“Rains will then continue to spread east across the remainder of south central Alabama and the western Florida panhandle Saturday night,” she said.

A limited threat of heavy rain and flooding is possible over south central Alabama and the remainder of the Florida panhandle.

Forecasters expect that up to 2 inches of rain could fall over the local area.

Those hoping to go to the beach this weekend should be advised that there is a high risk of rip currents and a high surf advisory is in effect through early Saturday morning, and NWS could extend it.

Surf heights are expected to be up to 5 to 7 feet.

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