Heavy rainfall

Heavy rainfall bringing 6 to 10 inches of water is expected Monday through Thursday in the Coastal Bend, according to the National Weather Service. 

Heavy rainfall bringing 6 to 10 inches of rain is expected Monday through Thursday in the Coastal Bend, according to the National Weather Service.

Flash flooding in poor drainage and urban areas is possible, said Kevin Wagner, NWS meteorologist. Victoria is expected to see 5 to 8 inches of rain.

“If there is a storm that sits over an area, we could see local higher amounts with it,” he said. “There is a possibility of some flooding. We’re not expecting – since it’s been so dry – (for) it to be too much of a concern.”

Low-lying areas could also see standing water cover roads. Drivers need to be aware of the wet conditions and, if they see standing water in a road, “turn around, don’t drown,” Wagner said.

“Be careful on the roads,” he said. “Slick surfaces could cause some vehicles to skid off.”

The heaviest amounts of rain are expected Monday through Wednesday. It’s a multi-day rain event, and the inches are projected over multiple days and not one, Wagner said.

There’s also a high risk of life-threatening rip currents through Thursday for the Crossroads’ coasts. Water could come in on beaches, reaching sand dunes and making driving on beaches difficult or impossible, said Greg Heavener, NWS meteorologist. A small craft advisory begins Sunday evening and lasts through Tuesday morning. The NWS might extend the advisory within the next 24 hours.

High sustained winds could cause seas to reach 7 to 9 feet offshore and 5 to 7 feet near shore by Monday afternoon, according to an NWS email.

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Kathryn Cargo reports on business and agriculture for the Victoria Advocate. She may be reached at kcargo@vicad.com or 361-580-6328. Follow her on twitter @kathryncargo.

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Kathryn Cargo covers business and agriculture in the Crossroads. She enjoys reporting on industry trends and getting her shoes dirty out in the field.

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