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More rain raises worries of more flooding in Alabama today – AL.com

More rain is in the forecast for Alabama on Friday, and the National Weather Service is worried about flooding.

Flash flood watches have been issued for north and central Alabama today as a rare summer cold front approaches the state.

One flash flood watch covers all of north Alabama and will be in effect through this evening, according to the National Weather Service in Huntsville.

Forecasters there said storms already today had dropped 1-3 inches of rain across parts of north Alabama — and more is falling.

A flash flood warning is in effect until 3 p.m. for parts of Madison, Lauderdale, Limestone, Morgan and Lawrence counties:

Another flash flood watch covers central Alabama and will be in effect from 10 a.m. through this evening, according to the weather service in Birmingham.

Forecasters said several rounds of storms are likely today and tonight. Those combined with the saturated ground and already full streams and creeks could result in more flooding like that in Vestavia Hills earlier this week.

Alabama has gotten a lot of rain in July. Here’s a look how much rain the state got compared to the average for the past 30 days:

Rainfall departure from normal for the past 30 days across Alabama. (NWS) 

In addition to the rain, a few strong storms will also be possible across parts of Alabama. 

The Storm Prediction Center has expanded its marginal risk area for potential severe storms on Friday. It now includes all of north Alabama and parts of central and west Alabama:

Isolated severe storms will be possible today in the areas in dark green. (Storm Prediction Center) 

There will be a marginal risk for parts of south Alabama on Saturday.

Slightly cooler and drier air is expected to follow the front for the weekend across parts of Alabama.

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