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More than 8 inches of rain in historic rainfall

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A car was submerged in flood water near U.S. Highway 61 and Bratley Road.  (Source: WMC Action News 5) A car was submerged in flood water near U.S. Highway 61 and Bratley Road. (Source: WMC Action News 5)
A tree fell across East Parkway near Carnes (Source: WMC Action News 5) A tree fell across East Parkway near Carnes (Source: WMC Action News 5)
A mudslide closed northbound lanes of Riverside Drive. (Source: WMC Action News 5) A mudslide closed northbound lanes of Riverside Drive. (Source: WMC Action News 5)
South of Crenshaw, MS (Source: WMC Action News 5 Viewer) South of Crenshaw, MS (Source: WMC Action News 5 Viewer)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Rain is moving out of the Mid-South for Thursday, but more rain will continue through the weekend.

Memphis' National Weather Service tweeted out that the current flood event in the Mid-South is "life threatening."

As of Friday at 9:30 a.m., 8.03 inches of rain had fallen at Memphis International Airport over the past two days. The airport saw 3.43 inches of rain just Thursday. Of course, all those totals continue to increase as more rain falls. Meteorologist Andrew Kozak said some areas could see as much as 10 inches of rain when all is said and done.

With roads, creeks and ditches already full of water, Mid-Southerners should take extra caution as several more rain continues to fall. Another round of rain is possible again Friday into Saturday. It may not be as widespread or last as long, but if a few heavy bands develop, more flooding is possible.

A flash flood watch is in effect for most of the WMC Action News 5 coverage area until Saturday night.

Mobile users click here to see pictures of flooding around the Mid-South.

School Closings

Some Mid-South schools dismissed early Thursday, while others just canceled afternoon and evening activities.

Hardeman and Fayette County Schools will be closed Friday due to flooding.

Fayette Academy will also be closed Friday.

McNairy County schools will be closed Friday.

Click here for a full list of school and business closings.

Wolf River Flooding

The Wolf River is at a minor flood stage, with water gushing over parking lots and walking trails.

The Germantown Greenway is closed until further notice. Germantown police said the majority of the trail is underwater and water levels aren't expected to recede until the middle of next week.

Shelby Farms Park saw massive flooding. Click here to watch drone video over Farm Road.

Tuesday, the Wolf River was just 4 feet high; Friday morning it is 24 feet high.

Police barricaded the Germantown Greenway to make sure no one tries to walk the trails.

Authorities said people should stay off of the river because water currents can be deceiving. 

Weather Damage

The mayor of Clarksdale, Mississippi said flooding is really bad in the city. He added that water is backing up in a subdivision on Pearson Street, and hundreds of homes throughout the city are flooded. People are evacuating their homes at their own choice; no mandatory evacuations have been called for the city.

Highway 61 between Star Landing and Church Road in DeSoto County is closed. Water has flooded the entire road. It's expected to be shut down until at least Friday.

More than 100 people have been evacuated from their homes in Lyon, Mississippi.

The local EMA director said there are between 30 and 40 homes that have water in them at East Park Subdivision. The people that have been evacuated are being cared for at shelters in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

A large tree fell into the road near the intersection of East Parkway and Carnes. There is also a tree down at North Reid Hooker Road and US Highway 64.

Another tree is blocking South Parkway at Lamar Avenue.

Shake Rag Road is closed between Russell Bond and Shelby Drive due to a fallen tree.

Reid Hooker near U.S. Highway 64 is closed after a tree fell near the intersection.

Traffic lights are out at South Main Street and Gayoso Avenue.

Residents in Central Gardens took to NextDoor.com to report flooding in their basements. One resident advised that Home Depot was almost sold out of water pumps.

Road Closings

Meteorologist Brittney Bryant traveled Mid-South roads in StormTrack5. She found ponding on roads and flooding all over the city.

Brittney advised drivers to try to stay in inside lanes while traveling, as many roads are flooded near their outer edges.  She also mentioned that hydroplaning is a concern, so take your time and give yourself plenty of space on the road.  Don't forget to turn your headlights on!

Those who live in low-lying areas should seek higher ground as soon as possible. Small ditches and creeks could fill up quickly, leading to flood conditions. Rivers could also quickly flood.

If you find a flooded roadway, don't try to drive across it. Remember: turn around, don't drown.

A mudslide closed northbound lanes of Riverside Drive at Georgia Avenue. Southbound lanes are still open.

Several roads around the Mid-South are flooding. Childress Drive and Brantley Road are just two that we've heard of. Memphis police said Raines and Tchulahoma roads, as well as Paul R Lowery and Riverport roads are closed due to flooding.

Third Street is closed near Shadyac Avenue. City crews are blocking the road, where about a foot of water collected.

Westbound Interstate 40 is blocked at the flyover, however, it's unclear whether that closure is weather related. The highway was blocked going westbound over the Arkansas Bridge, but has since reopened.

Memphis police said Paul Lowery Road is closed near Riverport Road in Westwood. Additionally, the intersection at Tchulahoma Road and Raines Road is flooded.

Because of how flash flooding works, water could rise and fall quickly just about anywhere in the Mid-South. So please be careful.

The DeSoto County Sheriff's Department advised, due to weather and mudslides, Delta View and the Bluff are closed. In addition, Dean Road and Mabry Roads are closed. Austin Road is closed due to flooding and the dam being weak.

A car got stuck in flood waters at Highway 61 and Brantley Road. The highway is closed in the area. Brantley Road is also closed between Highway 61 and Wilson Mill Road.

For more road closings in DeSoto County, click here.

In Fayette County, Highway 57 is closed near Chapel Road.

What's Ahead

Friday, Mid-Southerners can expect lighter rain and showers in the morning, followed by a steadier, heavier rain in the afternoon.

Saturday will see similar weather with light showers in the morning leading to a surge of heavier rain in the afternoon and evening.

A few leftover showers will pop up Sunday into Monday morning before skies start to clear Monday afternoon.

Stay up to date on rainfall amounts and flood warnings in your area with the WMC Action News 5 StormTrack 5 app. Click here to download it for iOS and Android.

Text 'SEVERE' to 90105 to get severe weather warnings sent straight to your phone.

Click here for our interactive radar.

Click here for our StormTrack Doppler 5 radar.

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