Several extreme weather events ravage the American Southeast


Late Friday and Friday evening, the second wave of severe weather is expected to erupt from the northern Gulf Coast to the southern Atlantic Coast, encompassing areas affected by a series of thunderstorms and potential tornadoes on Wednesday.

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According to AccuWeather meteorologists, the next round of severe weather will bring the threat of tornadoes.

Tornadoes running everywhere

Early Wednesday morning, a few tornadoes were recorded across the upper Gulf Coast from southern Mississippi to southwest Georgia and the western portion of the Florida Peninsula.

According to the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center (SPC), extreme weather conditions damaged some residences, but no casualties were recorded. During the day Wednesday in Florida, there were a few reports of high winds.

Extreme weather conditions

The threat of severe weather and tornadoes in southern states will resurface this weekend.

It won’t be long before thunderstorms break out and turn severe in parts of the southeast when a new storm system forms across the upper Gulf Coast on Friday and quickly strengthens.

Thunderstorms producing high winds, flash floods and tornadoes will be generated by a push of warm, moist air mixed with strong winds in the middle and upper atmosphere.

According to meteorologist Nicole LoBiondo, the first severe storms will hit the Florida Panhandle, southern Alabama and southwestern Georgia on Friday evening. On Friday evening, the danger of severe storms will move into northern and eastern Georgia, upstate and the South Carolina Midlands and the northern half of the Florida peninsula.

The danger of severe weather is expected to spread from northeast Florida to central North Carolina and coastal areas of North and South Carolina late Friday evening through Saturday morning.

To end the week, major cities like Atlanta, Charlotte, North Carolina, Mobile, Alabama, Charleston, South Carolina and Jacksonville, Florida will be vulnerable to inclement weather.

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The threat of severe thunderstorms with significant gusty winds could continue north into southern Virginia and the Delmarva Peninsula. The storm system is rapidly intensifying while moving northeast across Appalachia late Friday evening through Saturday. Gusty winds with and without thunder and lightning are also possible in southeastern New England Saturday afternoon and evening.

On Saturday, a line of severe to severe thunderstorms is expected to move southeast across the Florida peninsula. Residents of Orlando, Tampa and area amusement parks should be on the lookout for changing weather conditions.

Storms capable of strong gusts and flash flooding could spread to Fort Myers and Key West, Florida on Saturday afternoon, making it a poor day for boating in the seas off the peninsula and Islands.

However, the same weather pattern that caused catastrophic weather and isolated flash floods in the southeast will also bring benefits.

While the dangers of the storms shouldn’t be ignored, AccuWeather meteorologist Jessica Storm said the rainfall could provide much-needed respite from raging wildfires in the region.


Due to the abundance of dormant, dead and dry plants. Rising temperatures and windy weather with no rain have increased wildfire risk in recent weeks, with many devastating fires already burning this season. According to a press release from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, approximately 130 wildfires were burning more than 32,000 acres in Florida as of Tuesday night.

The Chipola Complex Fire, which had burned more than 29,000 acres as of Tuesday night in at least three counties including Gulf, Calhoun and Bay, was one of the most active wildfires in the state. According to the news release, the spreading fire prompted further evacuations in Calhoun County on Tuesday.

The driving rain that started this weekend will help wet the ground and could help limit the number and severity of wildfires.

Dry areas

According to USGS, portions of the Gulf Coast and the Southern Atlantic Coast are abnormally dry, while other sections, such as the Western Gulf Coast, are experiencing severe and exceptional drought. Drought Monitor is a website dedicated to monitoring drought conditions. The second highest degree of drought is extreme drought, while the third is severe.

For example, in Gainesville, Florida, precipitation is generally light throughout the winter, but since December 1, the city has received about 62% of its average precipitation. Through March 9, only 6.16 inches of rain had fallen, compared to the typical 9.87 inches. Since February 1, the precipitation percentage has remained constant at 65%, with only 2.40 inches of fall.

The heaviest rains from the weekend storm would likely miss the larger drought areas of the Gulf Coast.

On Saturday, the possibility of severe weather in the southeastern states and torrential downpours will shift from west to east, with dry weather to follow. However, strong northwesterly winds following a cold front could make firefighting activities difficult for a period on Saturday.

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