Tropical downpours will encompass more of the lower Mississippi Valley on Saturday, creating slowdowns for holiday travelers.
Drenching showers and thunderstorms seen along the coasts of Texas and Louisiana on Friday are now soaking the lower Mississippi Valley.
The downpours are targeting Lake Charles, Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Louisiana, and Vicksburg, Mississippi.
Rain totals in Lake Charles since Friday night have eclipsed 7 inches. A National Weather Service employee reports the resultant flood waters entered a home in the city.
The unsettled weather may lead to travel delays for holiday travelers on the roads and at the airport with delays possibly continuing into the holiday weekend.
Other flash flooding incidents may unfold in urban and low-lying areas. Even if flooding does not ensue, motorists will be at risk for reduced visibility and the danger of vehicles hydroplaning at highway speeds will increase.
Looking ahead to the remainder of the holiday weekend, the disturbance triggering the downpours is projected to be picked up by a cold front slowly swinging across the Plains.
As a result, widespread showers and thunderstorms will center on northeastern Louisiana, eastern Arkansas, northwestern Mississippi and western Tennessee Saturday night.
This includes Monroe, Louisiana; Greenwood, Mississippi, and Memphis, Tennessee.
Numerous showers and thunderstorms will center on the Tennessee and Ohio Valley on Sunday, while the coverage of thunderstorms will be less in the lower Mississippi Valley.
There is some good news for those in Texas and across the lower Mississippi River Valley with outdoor plans on Labor Day.
Dry weather and partial sunshine will be the theme across much of the area for Monday, making for better conditions for barbecues and sporting events when compared to Saturday and Sunday.
However, a few showers and thunderstorms may still dot the immediate Gulf Coast on Labor Day.
A complete washout should not be expected though as thunderstorms will likely be brief, only causing temporary issues for outdoor festivities.
Following rounds of rain Friday night into Saturday morning, there will be the risk of a stray thunderstorms Independence Day afternoon and evening.
A corridor of severe thunderstorms will reach from Oklahoma to the Carolinas on Friday ahead of the holiday weekend.
The temblor occurred at 9:07 a.m. Friday, local time (9:07 p.m. EDT Thursday). The quake had a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC) reported.
Rounds of severe storms brought tornadoes to the Midwest and Northeast, while intense heat gripped parts of Europe this week.
Thundery showers late on Friday and on Friday night will pose a threat of localized torrential rain, high winds and hail.
After intense heat eased some for Thursday, it will once again bake Spain and France to close out this week and expand into Germany and Poland this weekend.
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The great three-day encounter between the North and the South reached its climax with Pickett's Charge. Partly cloudy skies, 87 degrees, wind SSW, deluge of rain on the 4th-5th hindered pursuit. The Confederates escaped.
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33 degrees - record low for the state during July.
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107 degrees, at La Quardia Airport - all time record for the airport.