Flooding a threat in northern parts of Mississippi, Alabama

ATLANTA - Forecasters say flooding continues to be a threat in northern parts of Mississippi and Alabama.

The National Weather Service issued a flood warning Thursday in both states as heavy rainfall continues to cause widespread flooding of rivers and tributaries in Mississippi. A flood watch is in effect for most of the mid-South through noon Thursday.

In Alabama, police in the Birmingham suburb of Hueytown said high winds knocked down trees and power lines Thursday morning.

Forecasters say the Tennessee River could crest almost 5 feet above flood level in Florence, Alabama, inundating some low-lying areas by early Friday.

The weather service says this has been the rainiest February ever recorded in Memphis, Tennessee, with rainfall totalling 11.7 inches (298.7 millimeters) as of Wednesday afternoon. Half of that rainfall occurred in just the past week.

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