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Significant storm bringing heavy rain, damaging winds to impact businesses across the South, East Coast into next week



A significant storm to develop in the Gulf of Mexico early this weekend before bringing heavy rain, damaging winds, and coastal impacts to businesses in the Southeast and Eastern Seaboard into early next week.

Key Highlights

Threats: Heavy rainfall, flash flooding, isolated tornadoes, damaging winds, travel disruptions, road closures, power outages

Areas affected: TX, LA, MS, AL, FL, GA, SC, NC, VA, MD, DE, NJ, CT, RI, NH, MA, ME, NY, PA, WV

When: Friday, December 15 - Monday, December 18

AccuWeather meteorologists warn businesses that a significant storm system will impact a portion of the South and East this upcoming weekend, extending into next week. This weather pattern is expected to develop in the Gulf of Mexico early in the weekend and then move north along the Southeast coast into Sunday and then up the Eastern Seaboard through Monday.

Ahead of this storm, a persistent easterly flow over the central and South Florida peninsula will bring heavy rain persisting through Friday. The storm can soak southeastern Florida with several inches of rain and flooding downpours, leading to dangerous travel conditions.


As the storm organizes in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and moves ashore in Florida, severe thunderstorms can develop on Saturday. The main risks will be intense rainfall, isolated tornadoes, and damaging wind gusts up to 60 mph with an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 75 mph across most of Florida and some of southeastern Georgia. The risk for severe storms will then continue on Sunday.


Heavy rain will be widespread as the storm moves across the Eastern Seaboard this weekend into early next week. Up to four inches of rain can fall from Florida to the central Appalachians and into New England, bringing up to eight inches from Saturday through Monday. The AccuWeather Local StormMax™ is 10 inches.


Little, if any, snow is anticipated with this system because of a lack of colder air across the region.

Businesses in the path of this storm should prepare for the following: 

  • Tornado potential should be watched closely; keep sheltering options in mind
  • Business interruption due to extended power outages can be expected 
  • Expect ground logistics disruption due to road closures, downed trees and power outages
  • Loss of Inventory due to flooding - If your warehouse is in a low-lying area, precautions should be taken

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