Southeast soaker causes flooding, waterspouts over weekend
Computer forecast models indicate the potential for storms to produce 6-plus inches of rain by Sunday along the northern coasts of Florida up through the coastal Carolinas.
After days of heavy rains and occasional Flash Flood and Tornado warnings the end of the wet weather is finally in sight for the Southeast but not before a few more scattered storms.
The FOX Forecast Center said the wet weather pattern is being caused by the combination of an upper-level low and a frontal boundary that tapped into tropical moisture from the Gulf of Mexico.
The event produced days from heavy rainfall from Florida through the Carolinas. Some of the storms were strong to severe and produced occasional waterspouts.
Betsey Bailey caught video of one outside of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on Saturday morning. The tornado-like feature was quick and there was no reported widespread damage.
Computer forecast models indicate Sunday could be the last day for widespread rainfall across the Carolinas, while parts of Florida and Georgia could see additional showers and storms through at least Monday.
An additional 1-2" of rain is possible in parts of North and South Carolina. The Sunshine State could see isolated areas of 5" through the early part of the workweek.
Any additional rainfall on already saturated grounds could lead to flash flooding, especially in low-lying and poor drainage areas.
Rainfall chances are expected to slowly wane through the workweek as the frontal boundary moves out of the region.
The FOX Forecast Center said the widespread rain will help afternoon highs stay lower. Areas that see heavy rainfall may not make it out of the lower to mid-80s.
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