Flash flood watches and warnings and flood warnings stretched from eastern Texas through West Virginia on Wednesday morning. The NWS said the Tennessee River was predicted to crest about 7 feet above flood level at Perryville, Tenn., on Sunday.
Heavy rains in Alabama led to multiple flooded or washed out roads after rainfall exceeded 6 inches. The Pelham Police Department shared a drone video of flooding in the area, located south of Birmingham.
One man who lives outside of Birmingham made a surprising discovery Tuesday, finding fish on his farmland. In a video posted to Facebook, Joseph Lee Bethune described how the weather scattered items around the property.
“What the hell,” he could be heard saying in the video. “We got dead fish floating up.”
Near Great Smoky Mountains National Park in eastern Tennessee, rock and soil slid off a 70-foot hillside and blocked the northbound side of a U.S. 441 spur linking the tourist towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, the National Park Service said.
At least 45 dump truck loads will be required to clear the road, officials estimated, but no injuires were reported.
In eastern Mississippi, officials in Starkville said the water at Oktibbeha County Lake once again reached a critical level just weeks after heavy rains caused a mudslide that put the earthen dam in danger of failing.
Pumps have been used to lower the lake level by about 8 feet since mid-January, but officials said the water was even higher than before because of recent storms.
Officials also were monitoring a potential dam failure in Yazoo County, where the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said a 40-acre lake in a subdivision was leaking around a culvert and washing away dirt, threatening four homes and a church. Five homes were evacuated after a levee breach in Leake County.
Besides the flooding threat, forecasters warned about severe storms possible throughout the region.
The NWS confirmed Tuesday that an EF1 tornado touched down Monday about 2.5 miles northwest of Piave, Miss. The twister caused minor roof damage and uprooted several trees, the weather agency said.
Isolated tornadoes and winds in excess of 60 mph are possible in some areas of the South after nightfall Wednesday, according to forecasters.
“So this is a big deal,” Dean said Wednesday. “We’re also going to see the threat for severe weather, large hail, damaging winds, isolated tornadoes.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.