Heavy rains from Harvey cause flooding on Alabama coast

Remnants of Hurricane Harvey expected to hit Middle Tennessee today

Harvey dumped almost 52 inches of rain on Texas, where massive flooding has caused more than 30 deaths.

Widespread rain is in the forecast across all of our state today and tomorrow with rain amounts of 1-3 inches for most locations while totals of 3-6 inches are possible near the Gulf Coast.

At 4 a.m. CDT Friday, Harvey's core was located about 40 miles (65 kilometers) southwest of Nashville, Tennessee, the National Hurricane Center reported.

The storm also has spawned at least one tornado in MS, and created bands of strong winds that damaged homes and toppled some trees. Forecasters said the storm likely would dissipate Saturday evening around Ohio.

The National Weather Service issued flash flood alerts for much of West Tennessee as the still-potent storm slogged into the nation's interior after its catastrophic drenching of parts of Texas and Louisiana. Reform is northwest of Tuscaloosa near the MS line.


A hazardous wind advisory from the weather service states some storms today "could become strong to severe in intensity, with damaging wind gusts and tornado development possible". Local news outlets showed photos of damaged fences and shingles pulled off a home. Men with chain saws went out after the storm had passed to clear downed trees from roads.

Officials say rainy weather caused by Tropical Depression Harvey contributed to the death of a motorist who crashed on Interstate 40 in Tennessee. The motorist's name was not immediately released.

The weather service issued a flood warning for areas along several rivers in West Tennessee while a flood watch included the whole region and stretched into Middle Tennessee.

Harvey is expected to merge with a cold front on Friday and move northeast into Kentucky, which would reduce our rain chances on Friday to more isolated thunderstorms.

About 4 inches (10 centimeters) of rain fell in Memphis during a 12-hour period ending at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, the National Weather Service said.

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