More Flooding Expected
First Tropical System Of The Season
Late-night/early morning storms created more havoc today. The compact center of low pressure aiding in the development of these slow-moving, flooding downpour storms is south of Macon, and likely headed southward over the next 24-48 hours before falling apart. So, while the worst of the thunderstorms associated with this feature will likely be south and east of Columbus, there will continue to be an occasional thunderstorm that produces flooding tonight and Friday.
The coverage area to thunderstorms will likely turn out less and less as we head into the start of the holiday weekend. However, as noted as early as two weeks ago, the first tropical depression of the season will be forming over the Gulf of Mexico; likely the southeast part this weekend. A named storm is not out of the realm of possibility, with Alberto being the first name of this year’s list. Regardless as to the intensity and eventual U.S. landfall, there will remain a plethora of tropical moisture moving northward into our area. That means the risk of flooding will only increase for the first half of next week. Extra caution is advised if traveling.
There is a light at the end of the tunnel, however. Although tropical moisture will linger for a few days next week, a westerly flow of air is expected by week’s end or the following weekend to lessen the rain/thunderstorm threat dramatically. In the short term, stay safe and stay tuned.