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Multi-day heavy rainfall and flooding event continues in the central and southern U.S.
At least three people have died in widespread floods across central and southern United States over the past couple of days. Friday, February 23 will be another day with heavy rain which will further increase the risk of flash flooding and long-term flooding in the Southern Plains and the Lower/Mid-Mississippi and Ohio River Valleys. The NWS Weather Prediction Center has issued Moderate Risks for excessive rainfall for parts of these regions on Friday and into the weekend. Some areas may see an additional 100 - 130 mm (4 - 5 inches) of rain over the next 3 days. As of 13:00 UTC on February 23, a total of 233 gauges across the United States are in flood stage. Of them, 21 are in major flood stage (Illinois, Indiana and Michigan), 53 are in moderate flooding and 159 in minor. With more heavy rain expected in this region over the weekend, the situation will only get worse. River gauges at 13:00 UTC on F…