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Excessive rainfall causing flooding across parts of central Mississippi

Heavy band of rainfall causing flooding across parts of north-central Mississippi early Tuesday. (Sept. 24, 2013)
Heavy band of rainfall causing flooding across parts of north-central Mississippi early Tuesday. (Sept. 24, 2013)
(Jackson Weather Examiner)

Update: More than a dozen Mississippi counties report flash flooding

A slow-moving band of very heavy rainfall is causing significant flooding problems across parts of central Mississippi.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch from 10:04 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Tuesday, covering 25 counties including Attala, Carroll, Choctaw, Clarke, Clay, Grenada, Hinds, Holmes, Jasper, Kemper, Lauderdale, Leake, Lowndes, Madison, Montgomery, Neshoba, Newton, Noxubee, Oktibbeha, Rankin, Scott, Smith, Webster, Winston and Yazoo.

This does include the entire Jackson metro area.

"Heavy rainfall will spread across sections of north-central and east-central Mississippi this morning and continue through the afternoon into the early evening. Hourly rainfall rates will be on the order of 2-3 inches per hour in some of the heavier rainstorms with even higher amounts possible in more concentrated zones north of Interstate 20," the NWS said.

By the time the heavy rains wind down, there will likely be a swath of excessive rainfall amounts of 3-4 inches with locally higher amounts of 5-7 inches across parts of the watch area.

These heavy rains are coming just days after a significant heavy rain event over the weekend that drenched much of the state in at least two inches of rainfall from Friday night into early Saturday.

Nearly a dozen counties have already been placed under flash flood warnings as of 10:30 a.m. Tuesday with floodwater inundating roads and some homes.

Emergency manager officials reported significant flooding was ongoing in Grenada, Yazoo, Montgomery, Washington, Warren, Madison and Sharkey counties. A sinkhole had also reportedly developed from the excessive rainfall and flooding on Elm Street in Grenada.

If you reside in a flood prone area within the watch area, you are strongly advised to be on high alert today and to be prepared to move immediately to higher ground in case your area is impacted.

The heavy rains are expected to wind down by this evening with much drier air filtering across the state for the remainder of the week.

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