Moore braces for potential flash flooding as Ida enters the state

The National Weather Service updated their Flash Flood Watch to include all of Middle Tennessee on Monday morning. That watch will remain in effect late tonight and into tomorrow. (Graphic Courtesy of the National Weather Service)

LOCAL NEWS — Moore County Public Safety officials continued to ramp up the warnings Monday morning that heavy rainfall in the area caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida could lead to local flash flooding.

On Sunday morning, Hurricane Ida jumped from a Category 2 hurricane to a Category 4 monster as it hit the Gulf Coast. During that 24 period prior to landfall, the storm intensified as wind speed increased 35 mph. By Monday, over one million New Orleans homes were without power as the storm ripped off roofs, toppled trees, and caused wide spread flooding.

Moore County under a flash flood watch

According to the National Weather Service, Moore County will remain in a Flash Flood Watch through Monday and Tuesday night as what is now Tropical Storm Ida moves up through the Tennessee Valley. Prolonged heavy rainfall could bring as much as two to five inches of rain to the Mulberry Creek leading to local flooding. As always, citizens and businesses around Wiseman Park, Main Street, and Highway 129 should be especially aware.

Moore County will remain in a Flash Flood Watch until Wednesday at 1 a.m.

Flash flooding is the biggest concern, but Moore County should also remain alert for severe weather. Hurricanes contain a lot of atmospheric energy that sometimes transforms into tornado activity, hail, and/or high winds as it moves onto land.

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