Flooding continues on the Mississippi (forecast video)

Barge movement starting to flow: Flooding on the Mississippi continues, but the situation is improving in the St. Louis area where only one lock remains closed. According to the latest Grain Transportation Report from the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA), barge grain movements on the Mississippi for the week ending June 15 were 29 percent higher than the previous week, but 72 lower than the same period last year. For the week ending June 15, 188 grain barges moved down river, 43 more barges than the previous week; 349 grain barges were unloaded in New Orleans, nine percent fewer than the previous week.

Severe thunderstorms potential: Showers and thunderstorms will be scattered today from the Rockies to the Mid-Atlantic. Storms could become severe in parts of central and western Texas, as well as from the southern Great Lakes to portions of the South, including Chicago, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Nashville, and Atlanta. Drivers may be delayed by torrential downpours/flash flooding, large hail and/or significant wind in these areas.

Sizzling heat: Temperatures will be above normal in southern Texas, where the heat index will reach 110°-115°. In southern Florida it will feel like 105°-110° this afternoon, and from Savannah to Charleston the combination of heat and high humidity will make it feel like 105°. Drivers: Pack plenty of extra ice and jugs of water in your coolers.

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Nick Austin, Director of Weather Analytics and Senior Meteorologist

In his 17 years of weather forecasting experience, Nick worked on air at WBBJ-TV and WRCB-TV, including time spent doing weather analysis and field reporting. He received his Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from Florida State University as well as a Bachelor of Science in Management from Georgia Institute of Technology. Nick is also a member of the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association. As a member of the weather team at WBBJ-TV in Jackson, Tennessee, Nick was nominated for a Mid-South Emmy for live coverage of a major tornado outbreak in 2008. As part of the weather team at WRCB-TV in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Nick shared the Chattanooga Times-Free Press Best of the Best award for “Best Weather Team” for eight consecutive years. Nick earned his National Weather Association Broadcasting Seal in 2005.

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