Drier air invades South after days of rain

At least two deaths were tied to flooding in Texas and Mississippi, where nearly a foot of rain fell.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The final stage of nearly a week of rainfall across the South took place on Saturday as severe thunderstorms rolled through the Florida Panhandle.

The Storm Prediction Center issued a Tornado Watch for parts of Florida and Georgia, but after the storms rolled through there were no widespread reports of damage.

Flooding led to the deaths of at least two people in Texas and Mississippi, where several inches of rainfall have been reported since the beginning of the week.

Flooding led to the death of a 74-year-old man in Texas on Thursday, according to Trinity County Sheriff Woody Wallace

Several cars flooded during heavy rains, but the victim had attempted to return to his flooded vehicle to retrieve some items and went missing. His body was found hours later in swift waters, Wallace wrote.

Wallace said the NWS reported between 7.5 and nearly 13 inches of rain fell in Trinity County. He warned the storms had caused thousands of dollars in damage, and that washouts were still occurring.

Another flooding death was reported in Pearl County, Mississippi, by state emergency managers, though officials did not give any further details. 

Overall, more than 200 flooding storm reports were given to the NWS across Texas and the Gulf Coast.


The South will finally get a chance to wring out later in the weekend as this entire storm system will then advance northeast on Sunday to produce a sloppy mess of weather in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.