NWS map for Thursday

NWS map for Thursday

The heavy storms and rains deluging much of Alabama are headed this way.

The National Weather Service in Birmingham has issued a hazardous weather outlook for Lee and surrounding counties.

Thunderstorms ranging from strong to severe were forecast to blow into Lee and surrounding counties overnight Wednesday into today.

The severe weather is expected to continue through today, with up to 60 mph winds possible and a risk of tornadoes.

Flash floods also are possible for Opelika, Auburn and surrounding communities, along the lines of the localized flooding around the area last week.

The Associated Press reports that roads were covered with water or washed out because of rainfall that exceeded 5 inches in spots across central Alabama Tuesday.

Schools opened late or closed in parts of Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana because of flash flooding. A flood watch stretched from eastern Texas to Mississippi, and parts of Alabama were under flood warnings.

North of Birmingham in Cullman, the sheriff’s office said Deputy Adam Clark and his police dog were badly injured in a wreck during heavy rains. The cause of the crash was under investigation.

In Starkville, Miss., officials said the water at Oktibbeha County Lake had again reached a critical level just weeks after heavy rains caused a mudslide that put the earthen dam in danger of failing.

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