The strong storms and tornadoes that ripped through parts of Arkansas leaving 16 dead over the weekend are now headed our way.
According to the National Weather Service in Greenville/Spartanburg, scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop in the region from the west this afternoon and evening.
“The tornado threat is probably going to be at its highest tonight and will likely diminish somewhat tomorrow,” said meteorologist Danny Gant “But we still won’t rule out an isolated tornado tomorrow. Aside from that, all of the severe threats will still persist tomorrow and into Wednesday.”
According to Gant, that weather system will stay with us through Wednesday, bringing steady rainfall over the next 24 to 48 hours. So besides the threat of tornados, Gant said the bigger problem will be flooding.
“Again the initial threat will be this evening and overnight tonight,” Gant said. “Then we will transition into kind of a multiple threat of severe thunderstorms for Tuesday and Wednesday with an additional threat of flooding.”
Gant said we can expect five to seven inches of rain in our area through Wednesday, which is expected to bring flooding of streams, rivers, and creeks.
“It just depends how the storm will track,” he said. Monday.
And even though the system moving in is strong, Gant said it is not considered out of the ordinary for this time of year.
“This event is fairly typical. We usually get one or two of these every spring across the Southeast,” he said. “I wouldn’t say it’s extremely rare.”