Businesses already hit by destructive tornadoes in late March should prepare for significant business disruptions from another severe weather outbreak in the Plains and Midwest late this week.
Threats: tornadoes, torrential rainfall, hail, damaging winds, extending power outages
States affected: TX, NE, KS, OK, MS, AL, TN, MO, MI, WI, IL, IN, KY, NC, OH, PA, NY
When: Friday, March 31 - Saturday, April 1
MORE SEVERE WEATHER IS ON THE WAY
Severe weather, with the threat of more tornadoes, will move across the Plains and the Midwest late this week. The severe thunderstorms will bring heavy rain, hail, and damaging winds, with the risk of isolated tornadoes to areas already cleaning up from deadly and destructive tornadoes last week. When tornadoes are in the forecast, AccuWeather For Business SkyGuard® clients get exclusive warnings and receive, on average, 16 minutes of advance notice compared to 8 minutes from all other sources.
Severe thunderstorms will move east Friday from northeastern Texas to central Wisconsin and southwestern Michigan. These areas will see torrential rainfall, hail, tornadoes, and destructive wind gusts of up to 80 mph with an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 90 mph.
Thunderstorms move further east Saturday, and the threat of severe weather lessens. Some areas of North Carolina, northern New York, and southwestern New England could see isolated tornadoes, hail, and damaging wind gusts of up to 70 mph with an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 90 mph.
Businesses in the path of these severe storms should prepare for extended power outages from down trees and powerlines from strong, dangerous winds. Check backup generators so you can maintain business continuity. Make sure your emergency and communication plan is up to date.
AccuWeather meteorologists also warn that the same area under the threat for severe weather Friday and Friday night could have another round of severe weather early next week.
Businesses should also prepare for the following:
Ground logistics disruptions from flooding
Tornado potential, monitor closely; keep sheltering options in mind
Business interruptions due to extended power outages
Road closures due to flooding, downed trees, and power lines