Alabama coastal flooding

National Weather Service

Forecasters say Alabama's coast remains under a flooding threat following heavy rains, and more precipitation is on the way.

Some areas already have received as much as 4 inches of rain in the last two days, and the weather service says another 4 inches could fall in spots by Saturday morning.

Rainfall totals of 1 inch to 3 inches are expected across a wide area of southwest Alabama.

Associated Press

Thirteen more Alabama counties are qualifying for federal assistance due to the storms, tornadoes and flooding that hit the state in late April and early May.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency says state and local government programs and some nonprofit organizations may apply for disaster assistance in Blount, Butler, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, DeKalb, Etowah, Franklin, Geneva, Lamar, Perry, Pickens and Tuscaloosa counties. Five other counties — Baldwin, Jefferson, Lee, Limestone and Mobile — were approved for the aid earlier.

National Weather Service

As a weekend with little rain in the forecast approached, residents in many parts of Alabama were still mopping up after more than two feet of rain fell in some areas in a two-day span.

The storms also brought ferocious winds and possible tornadoes to some areas.

Some of the heaviest totals of Tuesday and Wednesday rains ranged from 22 inches to 26 inches over Perdido Bay, Wolf Bay, Foley and Orange Beach, based on radar estimates, reported.

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Flood maps aren't due out for Alabama until next December, but the specter of rising flood insurance premiums is undeniable.

   Congress, seeking to undo the damage done to the National Flood Insurance Program after 2005, changed the policy to impose more stringent regulation on subsidies and second homes.

   The Press-Register reports ( that those changes have painted a bull's eye on the state's two coastal counties.