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Dangerous storm to bring torrential downpours, flooding, and isolated tornadoes to already battered southern states


AccuWeather meteorologists are warning businesses and communities to be alert for severe weather this week that could produce isolated tornadoes in parts of the South still recovering from last week’s storm.

Key Highlights

Threats: Severe thunderstorms, torrential downpours, isolated tornadoes, damaging winds, flash flooding

States affected: TX, AL, MS, GA, TN, SC, PA, WV

When: Wednesday, January 18 - Friday, January 20


AccuWeather's world-renowned meteorologists are tracking a dangerous storm that will bring severe weather to the South later this week, including the threat of isolated tornadoes, damaging winds, and torrential rainfall from Texas to the Lower Mississippi Valley Wednesday into Wednesday evening. This storm comes just days after parts of the South were hit with tornadoes. If you are not getting SkyGuard warnings from AccuWeather For Business, you are putting the lives of your employees and customers at risk, not to mention your property and profits.

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On Thursday, this risk can expand into the Southeast Tennessee River Valley and perhaps up to the Ohio River Valley. Businesses should plan for heavy rain on both days, leading to flooding across the Lower Mississippi Valley to Tennessee and even the Ohio River Valleys. There is an AccuWeather Local StormMaxTM of 75 mph.

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Businesses in these areas should keep an eye on the storm: 

  • Be prepared for business interruptions due to extended power outages 
  • Keep sheltering options in mind; tornado potential should be watched closely
  • Take precautions if your warehouse is in a low-lying area; loss of Inventory due to flooding is possible 
  • Expect travel and ground logistics disruptions from flooded roads, downed trees, and power outages due to road closures.

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