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U.S. Deep South expecting storms, Colorado burning

Staff Writer |
Rounds of thundery downpours and locally gusty winds will affect the Deep South, especially the Interstate-10 corridor, through this weekend and beyond.

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While spotty, heavy storms are no stranger to the southern United States in the summertime, the weather pattern will bring more frequent storms than usual along much of the Gulf coast and parts of the southern Atlantic seaboard.

The storms threaten to not only spoil outdoor activities, but pose some risk to people on the road, on the water or just hanging out at the beach or in the backyard.

Flash flooding occurred in part of the New Orleans metro area on Tuesday morning when 1-3 inches of rain fell in as many hours. Some motorists became stuck in high water, according to WGNO-TV.

The showers and thunderstorms are moving in an east-to-west motion which, while common for South Florida, is somewhat unusual for the balance of the Deep South.

The storms are moving along the southern side of an area of high pressure that is largely responsible for the major, ongoing heat wave in the Midwest and Northeast. The circulation around the high is what is pushing the storms westward.

Additional evacuations were ordered on Monday as the Spring Fire in southern Colorado continued to expand in size as hot, dry weather and gusty winds resulted in extreme fire behavior.

The blaze which is burning in Costilla and Huerfano counties in Colorado has destroyed at least 104 homes and remains 5 percent contained. Since it began on June 27, near the town of Fort Garland, it has burned more than 84,500 acres.

Huerfano County Emergency Management ordered additional evacuations in communities in the northern part of the county Monday.

Colorado Highway 69 had been closed for a time on Monday for firefighting operations, but was reopened late Monday night, Colorado Department of Transportation officials said.

Officials anticipate the blaze won’t be contained until the end of July.

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