Wet weekend ahead: two inches of rain expected as Nicholas flies over Gulf region


ATLANTA, Ga (CW69 News at 10 / TBEN) – Atlanta will feel the effects of lingering post-tropical Cyclone Nicholas on the central Gulf Coast, threatening to dump up to two inches of rain in the coming days.

Georgia and the Carolinas are expected to see heavy rain on Thursday, but it will be heavier closer to the center of the storm as it passes through Arkansas where it dissipates on Saturday morning.

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Nicholas first made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane in South Texas early Tuesday morning, with winds of 75 mph with higher gusts. The storm also drenched parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida panhandle as it weakened into a tropical depression.

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An additional 2-4 inches of rain could fall in the area through Friday, with some areas likely to see 12 inches, the Weather Prediction Center said. Minor but widespread river floods are expected and moderate scattered river floods are possible.

Flash flood watches are in effect when weather conditions are favorable for flash floods, but that doesn’t necessarily mean flash floods will occur, according to the NWS.

Nicholas is expected to slowly move north over the next few days, the Prediction Center said.

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“There is a northerly dry air mass coming from the west, which will help remove some of the precipitation in northern Louisiana over parts of northwestern Mississippi and western parts of the Mississippi. Tennessee, ”TBEN meteorologist Michael Guy said. “However, central and southern Louisiana could still see rain and storms until Friday, some of which could cause heavy showers.”

“Considerable impacts of flash floods, especially in urban areas, are possible in these regions,” the NWS said.

“Some of this rain will be heavy at times, so there is always the threat of flash flooding,” Guy said.

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Meanwhile, Louisiana is still recovering from Hurricane Ida on August 29.

The Category 4 storm and the conditions that followed claimed the lives of at least 29 people in Louisiana, with the latest death being announced Tuesday by Governor John Bel Edwards. Excessive heat is responsible for 13 deaths, while six people have died from carbon monoxide poisoning, he said.

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