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    Never-Ending Rain: Baton Rouge to Roanoke

    By By Anthony Sagliani, Meteorologist
    January 17, 2013, 8:23:34 AM EST

    Early Tuesday morning, flood warnings blanketed states from Louisiana to Tennessee.

    Flooded fields, drenched farmland and closed roads marked the edge of rising water along creeks and rivers throughout the Southeast.

    Many of the flood warnings were for waterways meandering through rural land that has seen 4.00 - 8.00 inches of rainfall over the past week.

    As another disturbance gathers moisture near the Gulf of Mexico, more soaking rain is poised to inundate the already water-logged soil from eastern Texas to Virginia through the day on Wednesday.

    Towns most at risk include Huntsville, Ala.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Blacksburg, Va. and Roanoke, Va.

    Other locations where flooding is likely to continue include Baton Rouge, La.; Jackson, Miss. and Columbus, Miss.


    Flash flooding of smaller creeks and streams will be possible, along with exacerbated and renewed flooding along major rivers, bayous and swamps, such as the Mermentau River, Bayou Des Cannes, the Tombigbee River and Big Wills Creek.

    If you will be doing any traveling, keep in mind that barricades and road closure signs placed there by emergency officials are for your own protection. Driving around them into flood waters is very dangerous.

    Just 6 inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you from your feet, and 18 inches can lift your vehicle and whisk it, and yourself, into extreme danger.

    Most of the rain will miss central and southern Georgia into the southern Carolinas, where parched, drought-stricken and thirsty waterways would kill for even a taste of the rain only a few hundred miles to the west.

    Stay with AccuWeather.com for the latest updates on this flood situation.

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