Tropical development could bring flooding to Pike County

Published 10:35 pm Thursday, May 24, 2018

By Jenna Oden

As of Thursday afternoon, Pike County residents can expect five to six inches of rain and possibly even more in localized areas.

According to a representative from the National Weather Service (NWS), the highest rainfall is in the southernmost portion of the state.

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“The threat is definitely there for localized flash flooding,” said NWS meteorologist Tara Goggins. “There will not be much impact until Sunday.”

There is an 80% chance of this to turn into a tropical cyclone and Goggins says that percentage is increasing rapidly. The impacts may change based on how fast it develops and where it goes.

Herb Reeves, Dean of Student Services at Troy University, said that at this moment students living on campus during the summer are still expected to be able to move in on Sunday.

“We are going to keep an eye on it and adjust based on what the storms does and how quickly it moves,” Reeves said.

There is a lot of uncertainty at the moment, according to NWS but it is being highly encouraged to stay away from swimming in the water due to a very high rip current risk.

Pike County should prepare for more rain and a possible several inches within an hour or two, when it the storm touches down.

The area may not see sunshine again until Tuesday or Wednesday according to NWS, due to the slow-moving nature of the storm.