NEW ORLEANS – After weeks of punishing drought, the Deep South will get the necessary rainfall in at least some areas this week, according to the weather officials.
The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, says a cold front is approaching Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia will bring thunderstorms into the region and a number of them would be serious.
The weather service said damaging winds is the main threat, with tornadoes also possible. Some storms could produce hail, which can sometimes be serious.
The north Louisiana and north Mississippi will see strong winds of up to 40 km / h and brief heavy downpours on Monday. Rainfall amounts will average between a quarter and a half inches, with higher amounts of up to an inch possible in some areas.
The weather service said the rain water to be soaked up quickly by severe drought in the Deep South.
Forecaster Anna Wolverton of the National Weather Service in Jackson, Mississippi, said the northern part of the state could get between 3 and 3 ½ inches of rain.
With the drought in a large part of the Deep South, Wolverton said, “any amount helps.”
“Most of the state was a wet spring and summer, but in the autumn months, we are approximately 9 inches below the normal level.”
As the storm system continues to the southeast, Alabama was expected to storm on Monday night.
The National Weather Service in Birmingham said in a statement Monday that the limited severe weather risk would be west of a line from Alexander City to Montgomery.
The weather forecast said, heavy thunderstorms, including wind gusts up to 60 km / h and a possibility of tornadoes, is possible from 7 am Monday to 2 a.m. Tuesday.
Central Alabama can expect severe weather from Tuesday afternoon until the beginning of the afternoon.
High wind warnings were issued for the mountains in the north of Georgia up until Monday evening.
The forecast center in Atlanta, said scattered thunderstorms are possible across north and parts of west and central Georgia on Monday night.