Severe storms, flooding downpours hammer the southern US
Following numerous incidents of large hail and wind damage across the South over the weekend, additional rounds of severe weather and flooding downpours will continue into Tuesday evening in the southeastern corner of the nation.
Following storms in Texas on Sunday, many areas farther east in the south experienced heavy, gusty and even severe weather on Monday.
The threat for severe storms and repeating downpours is continuing to shift eastward and will bring the potential for locally damaging storms from northern Florida to eastern North Carolina into Tuesday evening.
With the soil becoming saturated due to the repeating downpours, wind gusts as low as 40 to 50 mph may be sufficient to knock down trees and power lines.
Gusts of 60 to 70 mph will be possible in the most intense storms, and winds of this magnitude can cause property damage and turn loose objects into dangerous projectiles.
In addition, large hail and an isolated tornado or two cannot be ruled out.
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However, the most widespread threat from the storms will be flash flooding triggered by torrential rainfall in a short amount of time.
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Flooding of low-lying and poor-drainage areas, as well as small streams and creeks, is likely.
In areas hit by the heaviest downpours, streets and roadways may become temporarily submerged by larger rivers overflowing their banks.
Motorists should avoid flooded roadways. It only takes 1 to 2 feet of moving water to cause most vehicles to stall or get swept away.
Although dry weather is expected to return during the middle of the week, the weather pattern will remain favorable for more rounds of thunderstorms and heavy rain through at least the third week of April.
The next round of widespread severe weather may affect the region centered on Palm Sunday.
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