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    Up to Half of a Foot of Rain Soaking Deep South

    By By Meghan Evans, meteorologist
    January 11, 2013, 3:25:34 PM EST

    Heavy rain soaking portions of the Deep South will continue to lead to localized flash flooding concerns Thursday night.

    The heaviest rain has already occurred and or was ending in Louisiana, but blinding and flooding downpours will deluge portions of eastern Mississippi, Alabama, the western part of the Florida Panhandle and portions of Tennessee into Thursday night.

    Some locations have the potential to receive 3 inches of rain or more moving forward at night.

    Multiple communities in Louisiana and Mississippi had flooding problems. Evacuations occurred in Crowley, Eunice and Richard, La. A State of Emergency was declared in St. Landry Parish, La. Mudslides and urban flooding closed roads in the Vicksburg, Miss. area.

    Some of the storms have also been briefly severe, producing damaging wind gusts and an isolated tornado.


    A tornado touched down at an industrial plant near Plaquemine, La., Thursday morning. Roof damage as reported.

    The potential for brief severe weather continues Thursday night as well from portions of Arkansas to the Florida Panhandle.

    The intensity of the rainfall is forecast to diminish as it pushes farther to the east in the South. Locally drenching rain will fall over the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes area Thursday night into Friday. A soaking rain will also push into part of the Northeast Friday, where pockets of freezing rain are possible.

    A springlike day is in store for much of the South into the weekend.


    More than 5.0 inches of rain was unleashed in some cities and towns across central Texas Tuesday into Wednesday, resulting in flooding issues. Numerous roads were closed in San Antonio due to high water on Wednesday morning.

    Meanwhile, the rain is beneficial for drought-stricken communities.

    Some Texas cities and towns, including San Antonio received as much rain from this storm as the total rainfall from October through December 2012.

    Thumbnail image of rain pouring down in Houston, Texas, was tweeted by @Random Tweets on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2012.Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski contributed content to the story.

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