Tuscaloosa and Northport should brace for additional heavy rainfall today as the National Weather Service in Birmingham has issued a FLASH FLOOD WATCH in effect until 7 p.m. tonight.

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The text of the watch is as follows:

...FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS EVENING...

The Flash Flood Watch continues for

* Portions of central Alabama, east central Alabama, northeast
  Alabama, northwest Alabama and west central Alabama, including the
  following areas, in central Alabama, Bibb, Blount, Chilton, Coosa,
  Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, Talladega and Walker. In east
  central Alabama, Calhoun, Chambers, Clay, Cleburne, Randolph and
  Tallapoosa. In northeast Alabama, Cherokee and Etowah. In
  northwest Alabama, Marion and Winston. In west central Alabama,
  Fayette, Lamar and Tuscaloosa.

* Through this evening.

* Periods of locally heavy rain are possible today. Ground
  conditions are saturated from rainfall over the past few days and
  any heavy downpours could result in flash flooding.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

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

Today's heavy rainfall comes after a weekend that saw what Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox described as a "1,000 year flood." Buildings on the UA campus were damaged by flooding, and a 40-year-old man lost his life when his vehicle was swept away by rising flood waters.

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