Damaging wind, flooding rain to lash US East Coast through weekend

While the end of the week may bring sunshine to north Georgia and Southeast Alabama, the opposite will happen this weekend as another storm approaches the Southeast Coast bringing heavy rain and strong winds to coastal communities.

Those who reside in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and North Carolina could be in for a rough start to the weekend as a storm system that traveled into the Appalachians on Wednesday night surges across the region.

“The map on the left shows the total rainfall from the storm system on Thursday afternoon through Saturday afternoon for eastern Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina,” AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski said.

Southern residents and visitors who have enjoyed an extended stretch of dry and mild weather should plan to reconsider travel plans during the worst of the storm as heavy rainfall could lead to flooding.

“While most rainfall should remain confined to the higher terrain, southeast Alabama and southeastern Georgia will receive widespread rain amounts in excess of 5 inches,” Kottlowski said.

The heaviest rainfall will take place farther north and east across northwest Florida and north Georgia as the storm system tracks offshore Friday into Saturday.

Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Georgia may receive an additional 1 to 3 inches, according to AccuWeather Storm Warning Meteorologist Alex Caputo.

The combination of the rain and strong winds will lead to minor tidal flooding along the coast and “considerable” power outages as the power of the storm system slowly dissipates, Caputo said.

While the rain will ease by late Friday night, winds will pick up along the coast Friday night and Saturday.

Wind gusts up to 60 mph may threaten to down trees and wires along the coast and along the coast high-tension power lines.

“The center of the storm will remain offshore as a result of where it starts in northeastern Florida,” Kottlowski said.

While the storm will be to the east, South Carolina and southeast Georgia could still face gale-force winds, the moderate level gusts.

Fortunately, winds will not be strong enough to threaten power lines.

“On the coast, the strongest winds will be offshore,” Kottlowski said.

While it is still not known the overall strength of the storm, those who reside in or have plans to visit the coast could experience winds in excess of 50 mph in coastal communities Friday night through Saturday.

The storm will pull away from the region over the weekend as several dry and sunny days will follow this weekend.

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