Tropical Storm Arthur Brings Significant Flood Risk to the Eastern US


Courtesy of Tropical Storm Arthur, widespread thunderstorms and heavy rain will bring a significant risk of flash flooding over a large portion of the upper Midwest, Tennessee and Ohio Valleys and into parts of the South on Monday; plus today’s weather news and forecast

NWS issues flash flood warning in 9 states amid Tropical Storm Arthur

For the sixth year in a row, the Atlantic hurricane season started early courtesy of Tropical Storm Arthur becoming official on Saturday night off the eastern coast of Florida, with sustained winds reaching 40 miles per hour.

As of Monday morning, Arthur is off the coast of North Carolina and the weather is already having an impact for the eastern US.

Heavy rain overnight has already caused significant flooding in several areas across Illinois and as the National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a flash flood warning for 9 states on Monday.

A warning for heavy rain and potential flash flooding has been issued but the NWS for parts of Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.

Snow over the Sierras, wind gusts of 90 mph, mudslide risk

The National Weather Service has forecast possible heavy snow for portions of the Sierra across northern and East Central California and into parts of Reno, Nevada.

A winter weather advisory has been issued near Lake Tahoe, for elevations above 7000 feet with predictions of snow over the passes between 1-8 inches and wind gusts up to 90 miles per hour.

The same weather system could bring thunderstorms in the surrounding areas of the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys, as well as the Sierra foothills. Officials are concerned that heavy rain could lead to some localized flooding and mudslides around recent burn areas.

Today’s US weather forecast

West: San Francisco 62, mostly sunny; Los Angeles 70, mostly cloudy; Reno 55, rain; Las Vegas 89, windy; Salt Lake City 86, windy; Denver 89, partly cloudy.

Northwest & Northern Rockies: Seattle 67, partly cloudy; Medford 60, rain; Boise 56, rain; Billings 84, mostly cloudy; Minot 75, windy; Rapid City 76, windy.

Southwest: Phoenix 100, sunny; Albuquerque 93, sunny; El Paso 100, sunny; San Antonio 97, sunny; Brownsville 95, sunny.

Central & Upper Midwest: Lubbock 99, mostly cloudy; Dallas 91, sunny; Oklahoma City 81, sunny; Kansas City 65, cloudy; Minneapolis 68, partly cloudy.

Ohio Valley: Chicago 61, partly cloudy; St. Louis 62, rain; Detroit 60, rain; Cincinnati 72, thunderstorms.

South: Houston 93, sunny; New Orleans 85, partly cloudy; Memphis 76, partly cloudy; Atlanta 78, thunderstorms; Charlotte 81, thunderstorms; Jacksonville 87, thunderstorms; Tampa 85, thunderstorms; Miami 85, thunderstorms.

East: Norfolk 66, rain; Washington, D.C. 66, cloudy; Buffalo 60, rain; New York 70, cloudy; Boston 61, rain; Caribou 58, partly cloudy.