The Southeast was hit by heavy rains late Sunday and into Monday, causing major flooding in Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi and leading to the death of two people.
In Mississippi, where the storms started, 7 inches of rain has fallen over the last two days, and authorities say a 9-year-old girl died after being swept away by a flash flood. The storms moved east across Mississippi and into Alabama and Georgia Sunday night and into Monday, with about 4.4 inches of rain falling at the Birmingham airport in 24 hours. The rain also forced evacuations in Alabama, with about 24 residents being rescued from a neighborhood with nearly chest-high floodwaters. As of mid-afternoon, about 8,000 Alabama Power customers remained without power in the state.
The rain also forced the Augusta National Golf Club to cancel the first day of the Masters tournament, just a few hours after practice began. It was the first time in 11 years that the first day was cancelled due to rain.
Parts of the Southeast also experienced a record-breaking summer of rainfall, with several Southeast cities experiencing their wettest Julys on record. Atlanta surpassed the city’s average yearly rainfall in August, and the heavy rain took a major toll on southern produce.