Weather Alert - Benton
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Flood Watch
National Weather Service Memphis TN
354 AM CST Fri Feb 22 2019

...Heavy Rainfall and Flash Flooding Likely Through Early
Saturday Evening...

.An elevated warm front will serve as a focus for heavy rainfall
today over north Mississippi. This front will lift north tonight,
as additional thunderstorms develop in a warm and humid airmass
across the Midsouth. On Saturday, showers and thunderstorms will
increase in coverage in advance of a Pacific cold frontal passage
Saturday afternoon and early evening. In total, 2 to 5 inches of
rain will be possible over the watch area, with isolated 3 to 6
inch amounts possible along a corridor from Charleston MS to
Oxford MS to Savannah TN line. This rainfall will be in addition
to rainfall that had already saturated soils earlier this week.


Mississippi-Cross-Crittenden-St. Francis-Lee AR-Phillips-Pemiscot-
DeSoto-Marshall-Benton MS-Tippah-Alcorn-Tishomingo-Tunica-Tate-
Prentiss-Coahoma-Quitman-Panola-Lafayette-Union-Pontotoc-Lee MS-
Obion-Weakley-Henry-Dyer-Gibson-Carroll-Benton TN-Lauderdale-
Including the cities of Blytheville, Wynne, West Memphis,
Forrest City, Marianna, Helena, West Helena, Caruthersville,
Southaven, Olive Branch, Holly Springs, Ashland, Ripley MS,
Corinth, Iuka, Tunica, Senatobia, Booneville, Clarksdale, Marks,
Batesville, Oxford, New Albany, Pontotoc, Tupelo, Fulton,
Charleston, Water Valley, Coffeeville, Bruce, Calhoun City,
Houston, Okolona, Amory, Aberdeen, Tiptonville, Union City,
Martin, Dresden, Paris, Dyersburg, Humboldt, Milan, Huntingdon,
Camden, Ripley TN, Covington, Brownsville, Alamo, Jackson,
Henderson, Lexington, Parsons, Decaturville, Bartlett,
Germantown, Collierville, Memphis, Millington, Somerville,
Oakland, Bolivar, Selmer, and Savannah
354 AM CST Fri Feb 22 2019


The Flash Flood Watch continues for

* Portions of East Arkansas, North Mississippi, Southeast
Missouri, and West Tennessee, including the following areas,
in East Arkansas, Crittenden, Cross, Lee, Mississippi,
Phillips, and St. Francis. In North Mississippi, Alcorn,
Benton, Calhoun, Chickasaw, Coahoma, DeSoto, Itawamba,
Lafayette, Lee, Marshall, Monroe, Panola, Pontotoc, Prentiss,
Quitman, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tippah, Tishomingo, Tunica,
Union, and Yalobusha. In Southeast Missouri, Pemiscot. In West
Tennessee, Benton, Carroll, Chester, Crockett, Decatur, Dyer,
Fayette, Gibson, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Henry,
Lake, Lauderdale, Madison, McNairy, Obion, Shelby, Tipton, and

* Through Saturday evening.

* An additional 2 to 5 inches of rainfall is expected across the
watch area with isolated higher amounts.

* Street flooding will be a hazard for motorists. Low-lying and
poor drainage areas will be at risk for flash flooding, as
well as small streams.


A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead
to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action
should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.