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  • bluecheese4u bluecheese4u Jan 9, 2013 9:23 PM Flag

    Storm moving eastward brings flooding, some drought relief, to Texas

    Storm moving eastward brings flooding, some drought relief, to Texas

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    By Jeff Black, Staff Writer, NBC News

    A massive "southern soaker" storm system moving across the Midwest, South and East brought heavy rain and flooding to parts of Texas on Wednesday, and provided a bit of relief from a long-running drought in some areas.

    The National Weather Service issued flash flood warnings Wednesday evening for parts of southeastern Texas and western Louisiana.
    Dallas’ White Rock Lake rose from a depth of 70 feet to 80 feet over the past day, according the NBCDFWcom, and was expected to crest 2 feet above flood stage at about 86 feet.
    Flooding led to the closure of about two dozen roads in San Antonio, which received nearly 3 inches of rain overnight Tuesday. The Austin area recorded almost 2 inches of precipitation since Tuesday morning.

    David Mosley, a Georgia resident visiting Dallas, told NBCDFW that the deluge was unexpected given what he’s heard about the drought.
    "I've been hearing all about the Texas dust bowl and all this and I expected to see this when I got here,” Mosley said. This is not what I was expecting. It looks like a lake out here where last year I was out walking all over this dry ground."
    The flash flood warnings, which means flash flooding is imminent and residents should move to higher ground, were in effect for Texas’ Orange, northern Jefferson and southeastern Hardin counties as well as northwestern Cameron, southwestern Jefferson Davis and Calcasieu parishes in Louisiana, the Weather Service reported. They were in effect until 8 p.m. CT.
    The system was expected to subside in Dallas and move eastward on Wednesday night into Thursday, Weathercom reported.
    Heavy rain and thunderstorms were forecast for eastern Texas into Louisiana, Arkansas and the lower-Mississippi Valley. Heavy rainfall was expected in some drought areas, which could also see flash flooding.
    The northern Midwest was also seeing rain from the system, rather than the snow typically seen at this of the year. Parts of the mid-Mississippi Valley and Great Lakes could pick up an inch of more of rain, Weathercom reported.
    The storm was forecast to move east late in the week and bring rain, but no snow, to most areas.


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    • Up to Half of a Foot of Rain Soaking Deep South

      By Meghan Evans, Meteorologist

      January 09, 2013; 8:09 PM

      Short-range forecast details for the Deep South.
      Heavy rain soaking portions of the Deep South will lead to localized flash flooding concerns into Thursday.
      The heaviest rain is spreading from eastern Texas into Louisiana Wednesday night. Into Thursday, rain will deluge portions of Arkansas, western Mississippi and western Tennessee.
      Generally, 3-5 inches of rain are in store from eastern Texas through much of Louisiana and Arkansas. Local amounts of 5-7 inches are possible.

      Widespread flash flooding is not anticipated.
      "I think since this area has not seen substantial rainfall recently, the risk is not as high," AccuWeather Expert Senior Meteorologist Dan Kottlowski said.
      However, where 5 inches of rain falls over the course of 12 hours, there can certainly be localized flooding, according to Kottlowski. Places that usually deal with flooding such as under passes and poor-drainage areas are at risk.

      More than 5.0 inches of rain was unleashed in some cities and towns across central Texas Tuesday into Wednesday, resulting in flooding issues. Numerous roads were closed in San Antonio due to high water on Wednesday morning.
      Meanwhile, the rain is beneficial for drought-stricken communities.
      Some Texas cities and towns, including San Antonio received as much rain from this storm as the total rainfall from October through December 2012.


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