Moms will be enjoying warm, sunny and dry Mother’s Day weekend weather in much of the US this weekend. However, those living in the Ohio Valley and south will have to endure a dark, wet weekend thanks to a line of thunderstorms which could result in a few floods.
Heavy downpours of rain are likely in Texas, Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi with the heaviest rains expected to fall along the Gulf Coast. Thunderstorms which are moving across the southern portion of the United States are capable of producing penny to quarter-sized hail, gusting winds and very heavy rainfall. There is also the possibility of ground lightening. Those people living in low-lying areas or in places with poor drainage are being warned to prepare for the possibility of flooding.
Early Friday morning, five counties in southern Texas were put under flash flood advisories and warnings. Thursday night in Austin, authorities blocked off several flooded roadways and authorities conducted a few floodwater rescues as heavy, drenching rains there caused localized flooding.
There was a severe weather warning in effect for all of central Texas Thursday night as a line of thunderstorms with heavy downpours of rain moved into the area. Many area creeks and streams flooded over in the Austin area which has prompted officials there to warn motorists not to drive on flooded streets and roads. Several cars were stranded in floodwater in Austin but the drivers of those vehicles were either rescued or got to dry land on their own. Close to three thousand people in Austin lost their power Thursday night as there were many lightening strikes and downed trees and powerlines reported.
The severe weather will moving into Louisiana as well as into Mississippi and Alabama today. Those people living on the Gulf Coast are being told to be ready for the possibility of flooding as the region could get three to four inches of rain before the stormy weather passes through.