NEW ORLEANS – Torrential rain drenched the Gulf Coast this weekend, providing some much-needed drought relief. However, the heavy rainfall in New Orleans and parts of Florida has, at times, proved to be too much of a good thing.
Flash Flood Warnings were in effect through mid-Saturday morning in the Big Easy as a band of heavy rain parked over the city. Similar warnings were also issued around Harrison and Jackson in Mississippi and parts of the Florida Panhandle as the system tracked to the northeast.
New Orleans reported nearly 4 inches of rain overnight, with steady rain lingering into sunrise. Upwards of 8 inches of rain was reported in parts of the Florida Panhandle on Saturday, with the highest totals reported in a swath that stretched from Panama City on the coast to the inland town of Lee.
In addition to the flooding threat, some storms in Florida turned severe and prompted a few Tornado Warnings Saturday in Florida. However, the National Weather Service received only one report of a funnel cloud near the town of Hastings as of Saturday evening.
Sunday stays soggy
However, most areas will pick up less than an inch of additional rainfall before conditions start to improve.
The National Weather Service in Tallahassee, Florida, said excessive runoff may result in the flooding of rivers, creeks, streams and other low-lying and flood-prone areas.
The NWS said the heavy rain that fell over the area has saturated the ground, and more moderate to heavy rain is expected throughout the day on Sunday, which could renew the threat of flooding.