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Heavy rain prompts flash flood watch for Thursday & Friday

A Flash Flood Watch is in effect from Thursday evening through Friday morning. Widespread heavy rain will begin arrive Thursday afternoon.

Posted: Dec 26, 2018 3:39 PM
Updated: Dec 26, 2018 10:28 PM

UPDATE: New data Wednesday evening shows some adjustments in the arrival times of heavy rain Thursday afternoon. 

Widespread heavy rain will bring a risk for flash flooding to the entire Tennessee Valley Thursday afternoon through Friday morning. Potentially 2-5 inches of rain could fall in 12-18 hours, which could lead to flash flooding and rising rivers, creeks, and streams.

A Flash Flood Watch is in effect from 6 PM Thursday until 9 AM Friday for Madison, Morgan, Limestone, Marshall, Lauderdale, Colbert, Franklin, Lawrence, Jackson, and DeKalb counties in Alabama and for Lincoln County in Tennessee. This includes all of the Tennessee Valley within the WAAY 31 coverage area.

A Wind Advisory is in effect from midnight Wednesday night until midnight Thursday night/Friday morning for the entire Tennessee Valley.

Occasional light showers are possible from 4 AM through about 1 PM Thursday. The heaviest rain will begin between 1 PM and 3 PM across Northwest Alabama, including Florence, Muscle Shoals, Tuscumbia, Waterloo, Leighton, Cherokee, Russellville, and Moulton. The heavy rain will track eastward into Huntsville, Madison, Athens, Decatur, Hartselle, Laceys Spring, and Fayetteville starting between 3 PM and 5 PM. The heavy rain will increase starting between 5 PM and 7 PM around Scottsboro, Hollywood, Bridgeport, Guntersville, Boaz, Fort Payne, Collinsville, Section, and Geralidine.

The rain will fall through Thursday night and Friday morning. The heaviest rain will begin slackening after 10 PM, then mostly light rain will linger after midnight. Some occasional heavy rain will be possible, especially over Sand Mountain. Rain will diminish after 6 AM Friday and fade to an end by midnight.

Severe thunderstorms are not likely. Wind gusts up to 35-40 mph are possible. That wind can happen away from thunderstorms. Over a saturated ground, wind that strong can uproot trees. Rainfall amounts of 1-3 inches will be widespread. Locally higher amounts up to 5 inches are possible. Be ready for slippery roads, localized street flooding, and poor visibility. You should plan post-Christmas holiday travel accordingly.

Rivers Rising

Rivers are expected to rise with this heavy rain and more rain this weekend. the Paint Rock River near Woodville is forecast to rise above flood stage Friday and Saturday. Other rivers are expected to stay just below flood levels, but some can rise high enough to saturate their banks and become dangerous. These include the Flint River at Brownsville, the Tennessee River at Florence, the Tennessee River near Guntersville, and the Tennessee River near Scottsboro. 

Huntsville/Redstone
Clear
56° wxIcon
Hi: 61° Lo: 33°
Feels Like: 56°
Muscle Shoals
Clear
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Hi: 62° Lo: 29°
Feels Like: 59°
Huntsville/Madison
Clear
56° wxIcon
Hi: 59° Lo: 29°
Feels Like: 56°
Decatur
Clear
56° wxIcon
Hi: 60° Lo: 30°
Feels Like: 56°
Fort Payne
Clear
57° wxIcon
Hi: 61° Lo: 31°
Feels Like: 57°
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Cases: 499411

Reported Deaths: 10149
CountyCasesDeaths
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Mobile36396741
Madison32674469
Tuscaloosa24391423
Montgomery22789523
Shelby22250219
Baldwin19915289
Lee15070161
Calhoun13961296
Morgan13785255
Etowah13413327
Marshall11458215
Houston10121264
Elmore9509190
Limestone9435139
St. Clair9050228
Cullman8993183
Lauderdale8628214
DeKalb8507175
Talladega7643165
Walker6600260
Jackson6551104
Autauga634492
Blount6252128
Colbert6007121
Coffee5261104
Dale4680107
Russell407534
Franklin400779
Covington3996107
Chilton3911104
Escambia379473
Tallapoosa3637143
Clarke344553
Chambers3432111
Dallas3428142
Pike292973
Marion288796
Lawrence285787
Winston258568
Bibb246058
Marengo244657
Geneva240270
Pickens225757
Barbour213851
Hale212569
Fayette202657
Butler201466
Henry183541
Cherokee178140
Monroe166739
Randolph165141
Washington157036
Macon147845
Crenshaw146755
Clay146254
Cleburne140141
Lamar133933
Lowndes133151
Wilcox123225
Bullock117736
Conecuh107224
Perry106427
Sumter100832
Coosa90324
Greene88732
Choctaw55723
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Reported Deaths: 11543
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Davidson82125874
Knox46447589
Hamilton40698463
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Williamson25489204
Sumner21542320
Montgomery17539213
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Wilson16618211
Unassigned15837126
Sullivan14499275
Blount14189184
Bradley13067141
Washington12840234
Maury12273162
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Putnam10660170
Madison10136232
Robertson9027121
Anderson8103158
Hamblen8088166
Greene7315145
Tipton6974103
Coffee6432115
Dickson6295106
Gibson6200141
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McMinn597193
Roane594696
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Loudon573666
Jefferson5717119
Lawrence558083
Monroe539591
Warren533377
Hawkins529598
Dyer5248101
Franklin476585
Fayette468773
Obion437195
Lincoln416462
Rhea415573
Cocke403996
Cheatham397944
Marshall392857
Campbell383459
Weakley379960
Giles375897
Henderson362574
Carroll349381
White339866
Hardeman339465
Macon337773
Hardin332063
Lauderdale310042
Henry301675
Marion295945
Wayne288830
Scott288644
Overton286558
Claiborne284769
McNairy268753
Hickman267941
DeKalb267251
Haywood265160
Smith257936
Grainger244846
Trousdale240022
Morgan231138
Fentress230044
Johnson217538
Chester202448
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Crockett197447
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Polk179122
Cannon178630
Union174134
Grundy170230
Lake167926
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Humphreys155621
Decatur154237
Benton151339
Lewis147625
Meigs126823
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