DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The rain slowly crept up from the Panhandle and into the Wiregrass this morning, and it isn’t going anywhere any time soon. With the potential for flooding rains and a few tornadoes, it will be a long next 24-36 hours for Tri-State residents.
A Flash Flood Watch is active for all of the Tri-State area until 7 AM CDT Thursday. There is a FLASH FLOOD WARNING for Holmes County right now, and it goes until 11:45 PM CDT tonight. With rainfall amounts expected to be as high as 10″ for our Western Wiregrass residents, numerous Flash Flood Warnings are expected to be issued throughout the next 36 hours. But those closer to the AL/GA state border won’t escape heavy rainfall. They could see between 3-6″ on top of what has already fallen today. If you see water covering the roadways: TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN! You never know if the road has washed out from underneath the surface of the water. Also, keep and eye out for children and pets that may be tempted to play in any rushing water. All streams and rivers should be avoided through the end of the week at the minimum. More water will likely move from Central AL into our area this week and weekend, so river and streams could stay high for quite some time.
A Tornado Watch is in place for the Panhandle including Jackson and Holmes (FL) counties as well as the most southern portions of Seminole (GA) and Covington (AL) counties until 6 AM CDT. This likely won’t be our last Tornado Watch because the threat for brief tornadoes continues tomorrow. Tomorrow’s severe weather will encompass all of the Wiregrass as it extends even further inland and farther east than today. A Marginal Risk (1/5) is in place for all of our viewing area while a Slight Risk (2/5) is currently expected for our Panhandle and extreme SW Georgia residents. Create and discuss tornado procedures with your family tonight, so they will know what to do in case a tornado warning is issued for your area.
While most Tri-State residents won’t see very high winds from this system, tree branches and limbs could still break off and become a hazard along roadways. These limbs could also fall on power lines and create power outages. If you see downed power lines, do not touch them. Contact local authorities immediately to report any downed power lines.
After Sally moves out of our area later this week, things will change drastically; but this time, it will be for the better. A cold front will help usher Sally to the east and bring much cooler and drier air to almost all of the Southeast US as mostly sunny skies prevail at the beginning of next week.