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Repeated rounds of rain and storms to cause business disruption throughout this week


Heavy rain and repeated thunderstorms to elevate flood risk across southern states

Key Highlights

Threats: Heavy rain, flash flooding, severe storms

States affected: AR, LA, MS, TN, AL, KY, GA, IL, IN

When: Tuesday, March 23 - Thursday, March 25

Flooding Potential

Response and recovery efforts underway in areas affected by last week’s severe weather will be impeded by multiple days of storms and heavy rainfall. That outbreak saw 54 reported tornadoes mainly across Mississippi and Alabama, with nearly 80 reports of damaging wind across several states. 

An active pattern will send several cold fronts through the region, setting the stage for a prolonged period of stormy weather. An abundance of Gulf moisture will surge northward, providing fuel for flooding rainfall beginning on Tuesday afternoon across Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Rain will spread east into central Alabama and Georgia on Wednesday, reaching the southern Appalachians on Thursday. 

The heaviest rainfall amounts of 8-12 inches at rates over 2"/hr are expected from southeastern Louisiana through southwestern Alabama.



Travel disruptions are likely to occur mainly in flood-prone areas and during any strong or severe storms, especially later in the week. Additionally, the influx of moisture will cause areas of fog along stretches of I-44, I-40, I-55 and I-20. Low visibility can lead to multi-vehicle accidents, so transportation agencies may want to consider alternate routes or allocate longer travel time for trucks moving through those regions.

Businesses should review the flood safety section of their emergency plan and ensure that employees are aware of all procedures related to flash flooding. This is also a good time to look at where your assets are located in relation to flood zones and determine any changes needed to your SkyGuard® service. AccuWeather For Business can provide site-specific warnings for varying rainfall amounts and rates that are determined based on geographical location, flood frequency, and site design and material.

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  • The combination of flooded roadways and reduced visibility may lead to ground travel disruptions across this region, especially along portions of I-44, I-40, I-55 and I-20
  • Protect your company against liability by ensuring all employees are trained in safe driving techniques and know the actions to take during severe weather 
  • Review where assets are located in relation to flood zones and make necessary updates to your emergency procedures
  • Loss of Inventory due to flooding – If your warehouse is in a low-lying area, precautions should be taken to relocate or protect assets

AccuWeather For Business will be hosting a mid-season severe weather update and discussion on preparedness and safety with a major university on April 14.



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