Flooding, severe storms possible across Southeast on Saturday

by Sean Morris
CNN Meteorologist 

Severe thunderstorms and dangerous flash flooding is likely across the Gulf Coast States on Saturday. A strong surface low will develop just off the Texas coast near Galveston early Saturday and track across southern Louisiana, southern Mississippi, southern Alabama and into central Georgia. A well-defined cold front associated with the surface low will track eastward across the area, triggering a line of severe storms. Abundant moisture ahead of the front will lead to widespread rainfall of 2 to 3 inches with isolated amounts of up to 4 inches in some locations. In addition to flash flooding, mid- and upper-level winds will be favorable for isolated tornadoes, some violent/strong, across the region.

A strong storm system will move across the Gulf Coast states on Saturday. The Storm Prediction Center has the following areas in a slight risk area on Saturday:

  • extreme southeastern Texas (including Galveston),
  • southern Louisiana (including New Orleans),
  • southern Mississippi and southern Alabama (including Mobile, Dothan),
  • southern and central Georgia (including Columbus) and the
  • western Florida Panhandle (including Destin, Panama City and Tallahassee).

The primary threat will be dangerous flash flooding, damaging thunderstorm winds and tornadoes.

The area most likely to experience tornadoes, some violent/strong, includes:

  • southeastern Louisiana, including New Orleans, during early- to mid-afternoon hours,
  • coastal sections of Mississippi and Alabama, including Biloxi and Mobile, during the mid- to late-afternoon hours, and
  • the extreme western Florida Panhandle, including Destin during the early evening hours.
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