Tropical Storm Fred remnants to hit the area Wednesday

We are in for a soaking rain Wednesday that could cause flooding across parts of the area thanks to the remnants of Tropical Storm Fred.

And even though we don’t live along the coastline, it’s certainly not the first time we’ve had to be wary of high water from a tropical system. Many will remember the double shot of heavy rain in 2004 from Frances and Ivan that led to catastrophic flooding for much of the area.  Nearly 10″ of rain from both systems brought rivers to historic levels, kept streams and creek out of their banks for more than a week and displaces hundreds of people in our area.

As recent as 2018 we’ve seen flooding rain from the tropics when Gordon dumped nearly four inches of rain in a single day and more than five inches of rain over a three-day period.

Fred should not be in this echelon of storms, but a solid 1″-2″ of rain is likely Wednesday with some areas picking up a bit more if it gets under a stronger thunderstorm or two.  That, coupled with our heavy rain on and off the last week, will lead to flooding issues across the area for the middle of the week.