Severe Storms Bring Flooding Threat to River Valley and Northwest Arkansas

A severe weather system is expected to bring heavy rainfall and flooding to the South, including the River Valley and Northwest Arkansas, on Monday, May 13, 2024. The system carries a risk of strong to severe thunderstorms, large hail, damaging wind gusts, and tornadoes, affecting over 8 million people.

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Severe Storms Bring Flooding Threat to River Valley and Northwest Arkansas

Severe Storms Bring Flooding Threat to River Valley and Northwest Arkansas

A severe weather system is expected to bring heavy rainfall and flooding to parts of the South, including the River Valley and Northwest Arkansas regions, on Monday, May 13, 2024. The storm system, moving from the southern Plains to the Carolinas, carries the potential for strong to severe thunderstorms and torrential rain in areas already saturated from recent flooding.

Why this matters: This severe weather system has the potential to exacerbate existing flooding issues, putting lives and properties at risk. The impact of flooding can also have long-term effects on local economies and infrastructure, making it essential for residents to stay informed and take necessary precautions.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has highlighted two areas with a higher chance of potentially dangerous thunderstorms, affecting about 8 million people in Texas and Louisiana. The main threats will be large hail and damaging wind gusts, with some tornadoes also possible. A Severe Thunderstorm Watch was issued for parts of Texas on Sunday morning, impacting 2.2 million people.

Heavy precipitation is leading to increased concerns of flooding across portions of East Texas and western Louisiana. NOAA's Weather Prediction Center (WPC) has placed the area in a Level 3 out of 4 risk of flash flooding on Sunday. The River Valley and Northwest Arkansas are expected to experience heavy rainfall and flooding, with a Level 2 out of 5 risk on the SPC's 5-point severe thunderstorm risk scale on Monday.

The flash flood threat will rise along the Gulf Coast on Monday, with a Level 3 out of 4 flash flood risk including portions of southern Mississippi, southwestern Alabama, and the western Florida Panhandle. The Southeast, from Mississippi to the Carolinas, is being monitored for possible severe thunderstorm development on Tuesday, with over 21 million people in a Level 1 out of 5 risk.

The FOX Forecast Center predicts a lower severe weather threat this week compared to recent deadly severe weather and tornado outbreaks. However, flooding remains a significant issue as torrential rain is expected to fall on already saturated areas that have experienced flooding in recent weeks.

Residents in the affected areas should stay vigilant and prepared for potential severe weather and flooding. The severe storm system is expected to bring heavy rainfall and the risk of strong to severe thunderstorms to the River Valley and Northwest Arkansas on Monday, May 13, 2024. Flash flood watches and warnings may be issued as the system moves through the region, and localized areas could see significant flooding due to the already saturated ground from recent heavy rains.

Key Takeaways

  • Severe weather system to bring heavy rain and flooding to South on May 13, 2024.
  • 8 million people in Texas and Louisiana at risk of dangerous thunderstorms.
  • Flood risk high in East Texas, western Louisiana, and River Valley/Northwest Arkansas.
  • Flash flood threat to rise along Gulf Coast on Monday, affecting 3 states.
  • Residents should prepare for severe weather and flooding, stay informed and vigilant.