First Alert: Heavy rain and flash flooding Tuesday

First Alert: Heavy rain and flash flooding Tuesday

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - It's been a loud and wet morning across a chunk of the area this morning. A distinct mid-level feature is kicking off pockets of very heavy rain and has resulted in flash flooding across parts of the region. It's still raining, and additional flash flooding remains possible.

RIGHT NOW: Flash Flood Warnings are in effect through 10:30 am for parts of Tallapoosa and Chambers counties. Areal Flood Advisories are in effect for Bullock, Coosa, Elmore, Macon and Montgomery counties until 12:15 pm. These areas exist within a core of widespread and slow moving thunderstorms. The atmosphere remains remarkably saturated, and rainfall rates have approached 3" an hour at times. That's a recipe for bad news when those downpours don't move much.

The feature serving at the catalyst of this heavy rain is east of Montgomery, so the greatest flood threat exists east of downtown and runs all the way to the Alabama/Georgia line. Heavy rain continues to fall as far north as Alex City and as far south as roughly Union Springs. Within this axis, additional Flash Flood Warnings may be needed where totals exceed 3" in some cases.

This feature will complicate the forecast into the afternoon. Much of east central Alabama will remain wet and cloudy for several more hours, limiting any heating. South Alabama has been partly cloudy all morning. They'll be hotter with highs into the lower 90s before storms get going by afternoon.

Rain chances start to drop tomorrow as our next round of heat builds. Highs will climb into the middle 90s by Thursday with heat index values flirting with 105 at times. Heat Advisories may become necessary for parts of the area, particularly west of I-65.

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