by Emily Waldrep
There is no doubt that Tyler County needed the recent rains and cooler weather that the last couple of days have held, but it looks like the next 10 days hold high chances of rain as well.
The weekend holds a 40-50 percent chance of thunderstorms, and then throughout the following week the rain will be in and out of Tyler County. Monday, July 16 holds a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms according to the Weather Channel. The storms should slack off a bit on Tuesday and Wednesday, but the weather is still expected to be damp, overcast and muggy. After Wednesday, the thunderstorm chances jump up to 60% for the rest of the week.
Tyler County hasn't seen 10 days of rain since the summer began, and compared to the severe drought conditions we faced in 2011, not many people are complaining.
But, this much rain sometimes causes some dangerous conditions. As of July 12, Tyler County is under not one, but two flood advisories and one flash flood watch. According to the National Weather Service in Lake Charles, Tyler County's small streams and poor drainage areas are at risk for minor flooding. Over the past six hours, rainfall estimates of 2 to 6 inches have fallen in the county, with isolated amounts approaching 5 inches.
The more serious Flash Flood Watch will be in effect for southern Tyler County until about 7:00p.m on July 12. Rainfall amounts throughout the rest of the evening are expected to reach 1 to 3 inches throughout the morning and 5 inches will be possible if some heavier storms move through the area. This could result in as many as 10 inches of rain in some areas.
"A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding," says a statement from the National Weather Service. "Flash Flooding is a very dangerous situation. You should monitor later forecast and be prepared to take action should a more serious Flash Flood Warning be issued."
Citizens should never drive through puddles or water in the roadway that may be too deep, and should always use cautions when navigating wet roadways.