Over a foot of rain falls in South as severe weather heads toward East Coast

PHOTO: Two vehicles remain stuck in flooded Adams Street following an overnight storm Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Porter, Texas.PlayGodofredo A. Vasquez/Houston Chronicle via AP
WATCH Severe weather prompts flash flooding threat to East Coast

A storm system plaguing parts of the southern U.S. for almost a week brought nearly 13 inches of rain to southern Mississippi on Saturday, causing widespread flash flooding and prompting a flash flood emergency on Saturday evening.

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Six states have seen locations with over 6 inches of rain in the last week: Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Mississippi.

There were also at least 47 reports of severe weather from Louisiana to Virginia, including two reported tornadoes in the latter.

PHOTO: The radar on Sunday morning shows showers stretching from the Northeast down to the Deep South. ABC News
The radar on Sunday morning shows showers stretching from the Northeast down to the Deep South.

Thunderstorms are firing up along the tail end of the storm system on Sunday morning. That means there is the possibility for an additional 3 to 5 inches of rainfall during the morning in parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and extreme western Florida.

There are still flash flood watches issued for parts of the Gulf, and new flash flood watches are being issued now for parts of the Mid-Atlantic as well, as this slow-moving storm system finally reaches the East Coast. As the storm moves east, it will interact with another developing storm system -- although faster and weaker.

PHOTO: Severe storms are possible Sunday afternoon from Alabama through Georgia and into the Carolinas. ABC News
Severe storms are possible Sunday afternoon from Alabama through Georgia and into the Carolinas.

Later Sunday, severe storms will likely fire up from Alabama to Virginia, including parts of the Atlanta, Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina, metro areas. Damaging winds and some hail are the main risk. Brief tornadoes are possible, though unlikely given the atmospheric conditions. However, any slow-moving thunderstorm could produce flash flooding.

PHOTO: Heavy rain will move out of the tri-state by Sunday night. ABC News
Heavy rain will move out of the tri-state by Sunday night.

Severe storm activity will reach the East Coast by Sunday night, with some gusty thunderstorms possible in parts of Charleston, South Carolina, and Raleigh. Meanwhile, unsettled weather will begin moving through parts of the Midwest with rain from Chicago to Erie, Pennsylvania.

By Monday morning, this new storm system will begin to interact with the slow-moving storm departing the East Coast and expand the rainfall across parts of the Northeast and New England.

PHOTO: Heavy rain is possible in the Midwest on Monday morning. ABC News
Heavy rain is possible in the Midwest on Monday morning.

Pockets of heavy rain, with some areas of gusty winds, will develop on Monday across the Northeast. Locally heavy rainfall will cause flash flooding in parts of the region through Monday night.

A large area of the East Coast seeing 1 to 3 inches of rain through Tuesday, with a couple of pockets of heavier rainfall. The main concern is for more rainfall on the Gulf Coast, where 3 to 4 inches of additional rain is possible, and areas of the interior Northeast, where 2 to 3 inches of rain could fall in the hillier terrain of the Appalachians.

PHOTO: The highest rainfall totals will be in the Florida Panhanle and interior Northeast through Tuesday. ABC News
The highest rainfall totals will be in the Florida Panhanle and interior Northeast through Tuesday.