It's Hazardous Weather Awareness Week and appropriately the topic is flooding. Our entire viewing area in south Georgia and north Florida is under a flood watch and officials are keeping a close eye on the rain gauges. Matt Barrentine explores the soggy prospects.
In these parts we're no strangers to soaking rains. Quick downpours can flood urban streets, and steady rains can overflow lakes and rivers. It's a sign of changing weather patterns as winter moves into spring.
"You get a lot of stalled fronts and gulf lows traveling along these fronts that can tend to cause a lot of rain. In the wintertime we have quick moving cold fronts that don't cause a lot of flooding," says Forecaster Jeff Fournier.
As of Tuesday afternoon better than six inches of rain has fallen this month with more expected.
"We've already had a pretty good bit of rain for February already it may just take a little bit to aggravate that and flood some of those flood prone areas," says Richard Smith, director of Leon County Emergency Management.
When flooding becomes fatal it's almost always because someone tries to drive on a street covered with water. Safety officials are urging motorists "turn around, don't drown."
"We've already had an inch to an inch and a half of rain through last nights round of rain, so we're concerned that the ground is already saturated and we're going to get some flooding problems. We urge motorists to take care when their driving tonight, it's going to be hard to tell the depth of the water and if there's any doubts just don't drive through it," says Jeff Fournier.
The flood watch continues through Wednesday afternoon, and of course Mike McCall will be along in a minute with details on what's to come.