A flood watch will be in effect from 6 am Monday through 6 pm Tuesday.
There is a potential for additional heavy rain that would contribute to additional flooding concerns later this week in addition to a severe weather risk Wednesday afternoon through early on Thursday.
A slow moving storm system will bring high rain chances to the area Monday through Tuesday across much of Central Alabama. Flooding may result due to recent heavy rains across portions of the area.
Affected areas will be north of the U.S. Highway 80 corridor with rainfall amounts generally from 2 to 6 inches with locally higher amounts through Tuesday.
Given the recent heavy rainfall with saturated soils and rises on area rivers and waterways that it will not take much additional rainfall to cause localized flooding in urban, low-lying and poor drainage areas.
Later this week, another storm system will affect the area in the Wednesday through Friday time frame. Additional rainfall amounts generally from 2 to 4 inches appear to be possible generally near and northwest of the Interstate 59 corridor.
There will also exists potential for severe storms capable of producing damaging winds and a few tornadoes from Wednesday afternoon through early in the day on Thursday. We will be able to provide more specifics about this time frame as the National Weather Service continues to evaluate additional information and as forecast confidence increases through time.
Alabama Power says they will continue to operate all spillway gates at the powerhouse for the next several days – if you live or own property on the lake, now is the time to take the necessary steps to protect it.