After a rough dry season, the southeast is finally seeing some much needed rainfall. The only problem is that the rain is coming all at once. Some areas in Georgia and Florida have already exceeded eight inches of rain since Friday, and the worst is yet to come, according to the forecast.
A strong system, rich in moisture has been dropping rain on the south for several days, overfilling river and creekbeds and filling up the water table. Heavy rain is expected to continue to fall through much of south Georgia and north Florida and in other areas along the Gulf coast through tomorrow. As this system interacts with a potent upper level system in the plains, the systems will merge, bringing even heavier rain to the region.
Unfortunately, the upper level system will also bring with it a threat for severe weather to the area. A tornado watch has been issued for the northern part of Florida, just south of the intense rain swath. Much of the Gulf coast falls within an area of slight risk for severe weather today, with a tornado threat being the predominant threat in Lousisiana and Mississisppi and damaging winds being the most likely threat as the system moves eastward and forms a squall line into the night.