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U.S. weather: April showers bring flooding, little drought relief

Posted at 10:53 AM, Apr 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-04-14 11:54:20-04

They say April showers bring May flowers, but currently it's bringing a whole lot of flooding, too.

The heaviest rains are along the Gulf Coast of Louisiana and Mississippi and across Kentucky and West Virginia. Flood watches and warnings have already been issued across all of those states, and some schools have been closing.

It won't be getting any drier the rest of the week, either. More rain is forecasted across the entire Southeastern corner of the United States. By the end of Thursday, anywhere from  three to five inches of rain is expected from Louisiana to Virginia and everywhere in between.

While flooding concerns are the immediate threat, it's not all bad news. All of this rain should help to nip all of the developing droughts across the South in the bud, with south Florida being the exception.

It's a different story across the Plains, along the Rockies, and especially up and down the West Coast.

Parts of Texas and Oklahoma hardest hit by drought conditions will see a little relief, but it won't be enough to end the ongoing severe drought there.

And California will be left waiting another week for just a single drop of rain.

If only some of those areas getting flooded could export all that rain out West, everyone could win.

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