Some roads experiencing flooding as more rain and storms are expected
MADISON – North Alabama was inundated with rain throughout the night and more is expected within the next 24 hours. According to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, motorists are experiencing flooding on some roadways. They are asking residents to be very careful traveling the roads and use extreme caution as the current weather system makes it way across the area today through tomorrow morning.
They are urging drivers to:
Do not attempt to drive through a flooded road. The depth of water is not always evident. Turn around and don’t drown. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.
Do not drive around a barricade. Barricades are there for your protection. Turn around and go the other way.
Do not try to take shortcuts—they may be blocked. Stick to designated routes.
Be especially cautious driving at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.
The US National Weather Service in Huntsville said additional shower and storms are expected today and Friday, which may lead to additional flooding and rises on river and creeks. Strong to marginally severe storms will be possible today, with a greater severe threat possible on Friday.
Along with flooding, damaging winds will be the greatest threat, mainly on Friday. A few tornadoes will also be possible on Friday. A Wind Advisory is in effect for the entire Tennessee Valley starting at midnight through Friday at 9 p.m. Sustained winds of 20-30 mph are expected, with gusts of 40-50 mph (with locally higher gusts possible). Downed trees and power outages will be possible.