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US'Horrible scenes:' More rain threatens areas swamped by record floods in central, southern US

18:35  03 june  2019
18:35  03 june  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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' Horrible scenes :' More rain threatens areas swamped by record floods in central , southern USA . Doyle Rice. Along the Arkansas River in Arkansas, communities prepared for more record -breaking crests. Officials ordered mandatory evacuations for about 500 homes that sit within the levee system

More unwelcome rain is forecast this week in much of the central and southern USA , falling upon areas already swamped by record -breaking floods . “ Many locations from the central and southern Plains into the Mississippi Valley and Ohio Valley could see 1 to 3 inches of rain in the week ahead

More unwelcome rain is forecast this week in much of the central and southern U.S., falling upon areas already swamped by record-breaking floods.

"Many locations from the central and southern Plains into the Mississippi Valley and Ohio Valley could see 1 to 3 inches of rain in the week ahead," the Weather Channel warned, with "locally up to 5 inches of rain possible in some areas."

To make matters worse, rain from a developing tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico could bring additional rainfall to the region: "Tropical moisture from the western Gulf of Mexico may begin impacting parts of south Texas on Tuesday," the National Weather Service said.

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“ Horrible scenes ” in central , southern U . S . as more rain threatens areas swamped by record floods – “You have to By Doyle Rice 4 June 2019 ( USA TODAY) – More unwelcome rain is forecast this week in much of the central and southern USA , falling upon areas already swamped by

( MORE : Flood Impacts). Record flooding occurred along a sizable stretch of the Sabine River Record flooding has occurred in nine locations, including the Bogue Falaya River in Covington ( MORE : Your Vehicle Can Be Biggest Danger In Flash Flooding ). Major flooding also swamped the

The weather system, which would be named Tropical Storm Barry if its winds reach 39 mph, is now sitting in the Gulf just east of Mexico.

According to the National Hurricane Center, the "system is expected to move slowly northwestward toward the northeastern coast of Mexico and could become a tropical cyclone before it moves inland in a day or two."

'Horrible scenes:' More rain threatens areas swamped by record floods in central, southern US© Hannah Grabenstein, AP Flood waters surround homes in Fort Smith, Ark., Wednesday, May 29, 2019. Flood waters from the Arkansas River continue to rise. (AP Photo/Hannah Grabenstein) ORG XMIT: RPHG103

Regardless of whether it becomes a tropical storm, moisture from the system "will spread north and eastward," the weather service said, "with heavy to excessive rainfall a concern especially across regions with current and ongoing moderate to major flooding."

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Heavy rain , wind, hail and possible twisters were predicted for central Oklahoma and central Texas, including the metropolitan areas of Oklahoma City and Wichita Falls. The National Weather Service issued flood watches for eastern Oklahoma and Arkansas.

Torrential rainfall and widespread flooding hit the eastern coast of New South Wales, where a severe weather warning was issued. Flash flooding in NSW has resulted in more than 20 rescues. Here, firefighters assist and evacuate residents and motorists trapped by floodwaters in Wallsend, a suburb

The worst of the river flooding now is in Arkansas and Missouri, the National Weather Service said.

Along the Arkansas River in Arkansas, communities were preparing for more record-breaking crests. Officials ordered mandatory evacuations for about 500 homes that sit within the levee system in Jefferson County, just southwest of Little Rock.

"Just horrible scenes down in Jefferson County and Pine Bluff, Arkansas," tweeted Brian Emfinger of KATV-TV in Little Rock, on Sunday.

In North Little Rock, which sits across the river from the capital city, officials went door-to-door Saturday to urge residents in about 150 homes near the river to consider leaving.

“We’ve lived here for 12 years. Never been like this,” said Larry Campbell as he packed up his belongings of his North Little Rock home into the back of a truck, according to KTHT-TV in Little Rock. “It’s tough. It’s really tough.”

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Levees strained as Arkansas River stays at record levels The Arkansas River is holding steady at record levels, putting enormous pressure on aging levees and offering little relief to areas enduring historic flooding in Arkansas. In Fort Smith, the state's second-largest city, officials expected hundreds of homes to flood.

Officially, 7.69 inches of rain fell at South Bend International Airport on Monday, breaking the We had a complete circle of rain around our entire house, coming in our basement, coming in our family MORE ON WEATHER.COM: Historic Flooding in Louisiana, Mississippi. The Weather Company’s

Record flooding in US Midwest. AccuWeather senior meteorologist Alex Sosnowski called it highly unusual to have heavy flooding in winter and said it could presage trouble for the spring. Flood warnings were issued from eastern Oklahoma into southeastern Kansas, southern Missouri, central

“You have to just make a decision because you’re going to lose everything,” said Campbell, as he choked back tears.

In Missouri, the swollen Missouri and Mississippi rivers forced hundreds of roads to close and also inundated homes and businesses.

In St. Louis, several hotels that were crowded with visitors for the Stanley Cup Final and Cardinals-Cubs baseball games were left without hot water Sunday after too much water overwhelmed a pump station.

Heavy rainfall over the past few weeks shattered all-time May records throughout the central U.S., swelling rivers to record levels in parts of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.

So far, 10 locations have set new record river levels during this prolonged siege of heavy rain, the Weather Channel said.

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'Horrible scenes:' More rain threatens areas swamped by record floods in central, southern US
'Horrible scenes:' More rain threatens areas swamped by record floods in central, southern US
'Horrible scenes:' More rain threatens areas swamped by record floods in central, southern US
'Horrible scenes:' More rain threatens areas swamped by record floods in central, southern US
'Horrible scenes:' More rain threatens areas swamped by record floods in central, southern US
'Horrible scenes:' More rain threatens areas swamped by record floods in central, southern US
'Horrible scenes:' More rain threatens areas swamped by record floods in central, southern US
'Horrible scenes:' More rain threatens areas swamped by record floods in central, southern US
'Horrible scenes:' More rain threatens areas swamped by record floods in central, southern US
'Horrible scenes:' More rain threatens areas swamped by record floods in central, southern US
'Horrible scenes:' More rain threatens areas swamped by record floods in central, southern US
'Horrible scenes:' More rain threatens areas swamped by record floods in central, southern US

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