Saturday, October 16, 2021

Nichols’ remains soak the southeastern US; more storms likely

The remainder of Hurricane Nicholas continues to rain along the central US Gulf Coast, while the US National Hurricane Center is monitoring two areas that are likely to become hurricanes over the next few days.

In Thursday’s report, Hurricane Center forecasters said Nichols, now a tropical depression, was moving north and east from Louisiana, where heavy rain was expected.

flash flood clocks

The system was expected to bring 5 to 10 centimeters (2 to 4 inches) of additional rainfall over the Gulf Coast on Friday, with varying amounts of 16 centimeters (6 inches) possible.

Flash flood watches were in effect in southern Mississippi and Alabama, especially in urban areas, from parts of southern Mississippi and Alabama southeast of Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle. Widespread small river flooding was expected, and scattered moderate flooding was possible.

Meanwhile, forecasters were seeing two areas of low pressure in the Atlantic that show a good chance of developing into a hurricane over the next two to three days. One of them, some 300 kilometers (185 mi) southeast of the southeastern state of North Carolina, was beginning to show some signs of organization.

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High surf and thunderstorm warnings

Forecasters said the system was forecast to move to the north and northeast from the southeastern and mid-Atlantic U.S. coasts and later this week in parts of the southeast and mid-Atlantic coasts with high surf and wind speeds. Can bring a thunderstorm warning.

The second system was about 1,450 kilometers (900 mi) south-southwest of Cape Verde and much farther east. Forecasters said that a tropical depression is likely to form over the weekend. The system was expected to move west and northwest across the tropical Atlantic.

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