More than 12 inches of rain has triggered major flooding in parts of western North Carolina as the southeastern United States faces more flooding downpours into midweek.
Since late last week, a slow-moving storm tapping into tropical moisture has unloaded more than a month’s worth of rain across parts of the Southeast.
For Atlanta, nearly all of the rain that would typically fall each June (3.95 inches) poured down on Saturday. The 3.90 inches measured shattered the day’s previous rainfall record of 1.45 inches from 1950.
The deluge led to flash flooding in the city’s southern suburbs. In Jonesboro, runoff from the heavy rain flooded some cars and homes on Saturday afternoon.
Many communities in North Carolina and southern Virginia have also been plagued by road closures due to flooding this weekend.
Western North Carolina has been hit the hardest by the flooding and heavy rain. A few locations have recorded more than a foot of rain in the past three days. This includes 13.64 inches near Brookford and 13.57 inches east of Boone, North Carolina.
The deluge has prompted declarations of states of emergency and evacuations.
Residents and motorists will have to remain alert for more flooded roads and poor driving conditions as downpours continue to soak the Southeast through midweek.
Remember never to drive through a flooded road as doing so can put your life and your occupants in danger.
Numerous drenching showers and thunderstorms will continue to stream across areas from Florida to North Carolina, eastern Tennessee and Virginia through Monday. Downpours will also spread into the Northeast, ending the recent welcome dry stretch of weather.
While flooding will not unfold in every community due to how the downpours will be strewed about the region, issues will occur where heavy rain is slow-moving and soaks areas where the ground is already saturated.
By the end of Monday, there can be an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 15 inches along the eastern slopes of the southern Appalachians and the Piedmont of the Carolinas.