‘Wall of rain’ moves into region, could bring flooding

    A wall of heavy rain is moving through the region and isn’t expected to let up until Thursday afternoon — prompting flooding concerns along area roadways and in neighborhoods.

    NBC10 meteorologists say between 3 and 5 inches of rain could fall over the two day span. The extended swath of precipitation prompted the National Weather Service to issue a Flood Watch for the entire region. That watch remains in effect through Thursday at noon.

    Chief Meteorolgist Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz said the “wall of rain” will gradually get heavier throughout the day — making the evening commute challenging.

    The precipitation is part of the large storm system that spawned devastating tornadoes in Arkansas and Mississippi. But for our area, we will only see lots of rain and wind.

    NBC10 Meteorologist Tedd Florendo says most of the flooding will most likely be localized to roads and sidewalks. He says drivers should expect to run into ponding as they roll down highways, so it will be important to take extra caution.

    “When you have that heavy rain coming down and you’re trying to drive, it’s going to be difficult,” he said. “It’s best to slow down and take your time.”

    A few isolated thunderstorms could crop up in Southern Delaware, but that is expected to be the only area to see the lighting and thunder, Florendo said.

    The rain will move out of the area by Thursday evening and then we should dry out on Friday, the meteorologists said.

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