The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for Russell County until 11:45 a.m. and for southwest Muscogee, Chattahoochee and Stewart counties until 5 p.m.
Heavy rain is expected to continue throughout much of the day.
Up to 3 inches of rain have already fallen in some locations and another 1 to 2 inches is possible during the next hour in Russell County, according to the National Weather Service.
“Up to two inches of rain have already fallen near Cusseta with rapidly accumulating rainfall beginning to affect Columbus as well,” said another statement from the NWS.
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Areas that will likely experience flooding in Alabama include Phenix City, Ladonia, Russell County Sports Complex, Seale, Crawford, Uchee Creek, Fort Mitchell, Ladonia Sports Complex, Fort Mitchell Activity Center, Phenix Drag Strip and Parkmanville.
In Georgia, areas affected include Columbus, Cusseta, Fort Benning/lawson Army Air Fld, Saint Marys Hills, Edgewood, Highland Park, Christopher, Sand Hill, Battle Park, Vista Terrace, Jamestown/south Fort Benning, Renfroe, Manta, Kenwood, Custer Road Terrace, Benning Hills, Avondale, Benning Park, Carter Acres and Rose Hill.
Most flood deaths occur when people try to drive vehicles through waterlogged streets, according to reports. Officials urge motorists to do not attempt this — turn around and find an alternative route.
Scott Berson: 706-571-8578, @ScottBersonLE