The threat of severe thunderstorms will focus over the lower Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee valleys into Tuesday night.
Cincinnati; Louisville, Kentucky; Nashville, Tennessee; Biloxi, Mississippi; Birmingham, Alabama; New Orleans; and Atlanta are a few cities that are in the path of severe storms through Tuesday evening.
Damaging wind gusts will be one of the threats as storms track eastward across the region with gusts strong enough to bring down trees and power lines, resulting in localized power outages.
Torrential downpours will be the other major impact from these thunderstorms. Enough rain can fall in a short period of time to cause flash flooding and blind motorists.
Water that pools on roadways during these downpours can make it difficult to drive and increase the risk of hydroplaning and being involved in a weather-related accident.
In extreme cases, roadways may become completely flooded and impassable.
If you are driving and come across a flooded road, you should avoid driving through the water and find another route to get to your destination. Turn around, don't drown.
In addition to flooding downpours and damaging wind gusts, there is also the possibility for a few brief tornadoes spinning up.
Northeastern Mississippi and northwestern Alabama are the areas at greatest risk of having a twister spin up; however, they are not expected to be large, long-lived tornadoes.
Looking ahead to the middle of the week, a few showers and thunderstorms are forecast to linger around the area.
However, the threat for severe thunderstorms will shift north towards the Ohio Valley.
Storms on Wednesday could deliver gusty winds, as well as hail to Buffalo, New York; Pittsburgh and Erie, Pennsylvania; and Charleston, West Virginia. The same potential for flash flooding will continue and could impact the commute in some metro areas, especially the evening drive home.
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