Flooding will plague residents living along many swollen rivers in the southeastern United States despite dry weather taking hold through Wednesday.
Following the latest bout of heavy rain from Friday into Saturday, many rivers are at minor to moderate flood stage from northern Florida to North Carolina.
"Areas in eastern North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina, which were hard hit a few months ago by Hurricane Florence are among the communities dealing with flooded rivers," according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dan Pydynowski.
This includes the Northeast Cape Fear, Cape Fear, Pee Dee, Little Pee Dee and Lumber rivers.
This was the scene along the swollen Pee Dee River in Pamplico, South Carolina, on Dec. 14, 2018. (Twitter Photo/@StaceyH54298286)
While the ongoing river flooding will not rival the devastation endured during Florence, it can cause more hardships for residents.
The Lumber River at Lumberton, North Carolina, crested just shy of 19 feet this weekend, according to National Weather Service (NWS) hydrologists.
The river at this location had a slightly higher crest on Nov. 19 and set a record crest of 29 feet after Florence on Sept. 17.
Even though the river has crested, moderate river flooding may persist through most of the week.
Outside of areas hit by Florence, river flooding is also occurring southward to northern Florida. This includes communities along the Congaree, Savannah, Satilla, Alapaha, Chipola, Suwannee and Apalachicola rivers.
The Suwannee River reached major flood stage near Benton, Florida, on Saturday morning.
As the floodwaters drain downstream, the river is anticipated to rise to minor to moderate stages across northern Florida through at least next weekend.
Residents living along larger streams and rivers in the Southeast are urged to monitor advice by local officials and take the necessary steps to protect their home and property from the advancing floodwaters. Heed any evacuation orders that are issued.
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The rivers in the Southeast will be out of their banks despite the next few days featuring sunny, comfortable conditions.
Aside from where the river flooding is closing roads and any instances of morning fog, the dry spell will prevent travelers from dealing with weather-related delays and give the ground a chance to dry out.
The rain-free stretch, however, will not last long enough to allow rivers to fully return to normal levels.
"Another round of rain, which could be potentially heavy, looks to return to the Southeast on Thursday or Friday," according to Pydynowski.
If heavy rain transpires, it could once again cause area creeks, streams and rivers to rise.
Hurricane Florence marked the start of an unusually wet stretch of months for the Southeast.
While there is still half of the month left, December average rainfall totals have already been exceeded in many locations.
This includes in Wilmington, North Carolina, which measured 100 inches of rain for the entire year on Saturday morning. A total of 57.61 inches is the city's normal annual rainfall.
That total includes the 23.02 inches that put the city under water during and after Florence.