Up to 39M are at risk from tornadoes, heavy rain in the Southeast while heavy weather moves through the region
A terrifying forecast could put as many as 39 million people in the Southeast at risk for severe weather as a weather system moves across much of the country today.
From the Gulf Coast of Louisiana to the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and the Carolinas, severe storms are likely.
Straight line winds will affect the region throughout the day, with isolated tornadoes being a possibility.
The possibility of severe storms ranges from possible to likely in the southeastern US.
There is also a marginal to small chance of excessive rainfall up to and including Wednesday evening
According to WKRGHarmful winds, hail and even tornadoes cannot be ruled out as thunderstorms from 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm along the Gulf Coast.
As the day progresses, it is expected to get windier and in the evening an advisory will kick in.
In the Carolinas, part of North Carolina, Wednesday is threatened by severe weather.
Parts of the region in the Carolinas and Virginia will be under flash guards on Wednesday
One of the biggest threats in the region is the damaging winds from various storms
11ABC reports that damaging winds are the biggest threat, but hail or an isolated tornado is possible.
Central North Carolina is expected to be hit by severe storms starting around 5:00 PM, with the possibility of lasting until 10:00 PM.
Rain showers will continue in the region through Thursday and temperatures will plummet, possibly to the extent that frost advice is needed.
Heavy rains are predicted to hit the Tennessee Valley region through Kentucky on Wednesday, especially in the morning and early afternoon, which could put the area at risk for flash flooding.
Nashville could be the target of the storm, a city still reeling from the previous weekend’s floods that killed seven people in the area.
Five people died in Davidson County, while one died in Cheatham County and another in Hawkins County.
The potential for excessive rainfall reaches Tennessee, which saw deadly flooding last week
Thunderstorms are likely to occur in the southeastern US on Wednesday
Many of those who died drowned in their vehicles while driving during the flood.
According to CNNtwo victims were found in a homeless camp nearby.
Over the weekend, Nashville saw the second highest two-day rainfall of all time, flooding rivers and creeks.
The flash flood reveals the exposure of more than 20,000 people to Tennessee flooding
A flash guard is already in place in the Tennessee Valley, and will remain in place through Wednesday evening.
WRCBtv reports that Wednesday could fall anywhere from 1.5 to 2.5 inches of rain in a region where 10.3 inches of rain fell in March alone.
In the later parts of the afternoon and evening, the heavy rain is expected to give way to mock showers.
Alabama and Georgia could see severe weather after seeing tornadoes that killed six people last week, said CNN, including five in Alabama.
Those states were littered with debris, and homes and businesses were torn apart by the tornadoes.
Several people had to be rescued from their homes after trees toppled their properties.
Tornadoes hit the southeastern United States last week (damage in Newnan pictured)
Tornadoes in Alabama and Georgia destroyed homes and killed six people
In Newnan, sirens warned of the coming tornado just 15 to 20 minutes before it hit
“This stuff is incredible,” said Deron Patrick Wilson, Coweta County Fire Chief CNNThink about these things when you look out over the Midwest, Oklahoma. I think you will see the same damage here. ‘
Sirens were to be activated in Newnan, part of Coweta County, which gave residents 15 to 20 minutes worth of warnings before Friday’s tornado hit.
In total, 23 tornadoes formed in the region from Thursday through Friday, including one in Mississippi.
At night, some of the country will see temperatures drop, potentially giving way to snow from the Appalachians to New England.