The rain has been relentless since kicking off the weekend. We’re tracking large swaths of light to moderate rain showers with embedded spots of heavy rain mixed in. Today, a warm front will create enough instability to add strong thunderstorms to the mix. Rainfall amounts have totaled between a half inch and about 5 inches state-wide since Friday. The 1.50” of rain in Lexington elevated us to the 3rd wettest September on record, so far. We will continue to add another 4” to 5” of rain between now and Thursday. This will challenge the all-time record for September precipitation of 10.25” set back in 2006.
Storms are also an issue each day. Strong wind gusts and torrential rain will be the primary threats with these clusters. The biggest issue through the next 44 hours will be flooding. Creek, stream, and river rises are expected as rain continues to fall. Heavy downpours inside the rain will lead to flash-flooding like we had yesterday. A FLASH FLOOD WATCH remains in effect for most of the state through Wednesday afternoon. Watch for high water each day. Remember to NEVER drive through a flooded roadway. Rain will start coming to an end Thursday morning for southern counties. After it’s all said and done, cooler temperatures will be in place for the end of the week, with more sunshine.