Rain could cause flooding

Published 12:46 am Thursday, January 3, 2019

Forecast includes 1 to 3 inches here

Another round of heavy rainfall today, Thursday, could bring some flooding concerns, Covington County Emergency Management Agency Director Susan Harris said Wednesday.

“Another round of heavy rainfall is expected to impact our region,” Harris said. “It should start Thursday and last into Thursday night ahead of the next approaching storm system and cold front.”

Harris said that this rain could cause flooding concerns.

“Locally, heavy rainfall may bring some flooding concerns,” Harris said. “Especially across those areas that remain saturated from last week’s events. The potential for severe weather with this system looks to be very low.”

She said that Covington County should expect one to three inches of rain with localized amounts of four inches possible across the entire region Thursday afternoon through Thursday night as showers and a few thunderstorms spread across the region ahead of the next low pressure system and cold front.

“There is an elevated threat of flash flooding across interior southeast Mississippi and southwest Alabama, where soils remain saturated from last week’s heavy rain event and minor to moderate river flooding (and localized areal flooding) continues,” Harris said. “The flooding threat looks more limited across the remainder of our area, though very localized flooding will be possible with heavy rains.”

She said that the EMA will be monitoring the river flooding over the next couple of days.

“Locally heavy rainfall may exacerbate ongoing river flooding and we will be closely monitoring this situation over the next couple of days,” Harris said. “A Flash Flood Watch may become necessary if confidence in flooding increases. It currently looks like the window of heaviest rain will be Thursday afternoon into Thursday night.” 

Despite the heavy rainfall, Harris said that the weather system’s severe weather threat looks to be low.