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Southern Texas has seen nearly 600% more rainfall than it typically does in early May

Over 20 million people are under flash flood watches today across Texas, Louisiana, southern Arkansas, and Mississippi.

Posted: May 12, 2019 2:20 AM
Updated: May 12, 2019 2:20 AM

Golfball-size hail, floods and stranded drivers. This is what May in Houston is looking like.

More thunderstorms and showers hammered Houston early Saturday morning and were expected to last through midday, the National Weather Service said. There was a high risk of excessive rain in southern Louisiana and Mississippi through Saturday night.

With more heavy rain, there's potential for flash flooding in areas where the ground is already wet, according to the National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center. There was a moderate risk of excessive flooding for southeastern Texas and parts of Louisiana on Saturday, the center said.

The Upper Texas Coast and the Gulf Coast of western Louisiana has received "tremendous rainfall" in the past week, "300-600% of normal rainfall in that time frame," the center said.

The region has seen storms moving over the same location for hours at a time, which is known as training, CNN Meteorologist Derek Van Dam said.

Houstonians will see up to 3 inches of rain Saturday, and areas affected by storms may see heavier showers with up to 5 inches.

Over the weekend, the heavy rain will shift eastward toward Alabama and the southern Appalachians, Van Dam said. As the storm moves east, clusters of storms could produce more flash flood threats, the center said.

Flooding and tornado-like damage

Texas wasn't the only place feeling the bad weather.

In Pearl County, Mississippi, a train on the Norfolk Southern line derailed Saturday morning when the tracks washed out due to flash flooding, said Danny Manley with Pearl River County Emergency Management.

Nobody was hurt or killed and the derailment didn't cause closure of any major roads. The train compartments were mainly empty.

Residents across southeast Texas described damage similar to a tornado from storms that hit the area Thursday night into Friday morning, CNN affiliate KTRK reported.

"I'm old and I've never seen hail like that before," Donna Aquino told the affiliate on Friday.

Other residents found themselves stranded after roads quickly flooded Friday evening, some opting to spend the night at gas stations, unable to return home.

"I would plead to everybody, if you know there's high water coming up where you are, just stop," one driver told KTRK.

Some drivers who left their cars on flooded streets returned to find their wheels missing.

The Harris County Flood Control District warned low-lying roads may be impacted by water coming out of the San Jacinto River -- which has crested and is now falling -- at US 59.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 94021

Reported Deaths: 2846
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DeSoto542555
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Jackson339967
Madison321286
Rankin319375
Lee261067
Jones242778
Forrest239570
Washington218171
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Lauderdale2007124
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Lamar163534
Neshoba1540103
Panola144527
Sunflower142144
Lowndes140357
Warren138150
Leflore137080
Pontotoc123616
Pike121348
Monroe118965
Scott116425
Copiah116333
Coahoma112827
Holmes109258
Marshall107615
Lincoln106853
Grenada106235
Yazoo103929
Simpson101443
Union97824
Tate95537
Leake94037
Adams92136
Wayne87721
Pearl River86750
Marion84133
Prentiss81517
Covington80922
Alcorn77511
Itawamba77021
Newton75923
Tallahatchie75718
George75113
Winston72519
Tishomingo66137
Chickasaw65624
Tippah64516
Attala64125
Walthall59425
Clay58117
Hancock56421
Jasper55515
Noxubee54315
Clarke53739
Smith52414
Calhoun50612
Tunica48113
Montgomery45520
Claiborne45216
Lawrence42512
Yalobusha41814
Perry40918
Quitman3755
Humphreys37315
Stone35711
Greene34617
Webster33113
Jefferson Davis32811
Carroll31212
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Wilkinson30217
Kemper28615
Sharkey26312
Jefferson2439
Benton2201
Franklin1893
Choctaw1795
Issaquena1033
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 131988

Reported Deaths: 2304
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Mobile13122290
Montgomery8688173
Madison763075
Tuscaloosa7323114
Lee575159
Shelby571950
Baldwin508749
Marshall387943
Calhoun337439
Etowah336547
Morgan321426
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Elmore255847
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Walker224380
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Limestone200119
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Franklin174528
Russell17312
Autauga169124
Lauderdale165333
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Clay5527
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