Schools in Southeast Closing Ahead of Expected Severe Weather Wednesday
A vigorous storm system is likely to bring an increased threat for severe thunderstorms to the Southeastern United States Wednesday into Wednesday night. Damaging winds, large hail, tornadoes, some potentially strong and long lived, and heavy rainfall will be the main threats.
The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has issued a moderate risk, which is the second to highest severe category from southern Alabama, to South Carolina. The National Weather Service in Birmingham, Alabama, which forecast area is included within the moderate risk, is warning people to take this time to prepare and get their plan in place now. “There are going to be two separate waves that are coming in, with maybe a lull in the middle. It’s just kind of uncertain when that break is going to occur,” said meteorologist Nathan Owen with the National Weather Service in Birmingham. “The main threats we are looking at right now are large hail and some tornadoes and some of those tornadoes may be on the strong side.”
Due to the increased risk of severe weather during the day Wednesday, school officials from Alabama to Georgia are already cancelling school, or will be letting students out early Wednesday afternoon.
The moderate risk does encompass some very highly populated areas, which have officials concerned. Some of the larger populated cities under this moderate risk of severe weather include: Atlanta, Birmingham, Montgomery, Columbus, Georgia, and Columbia, South Carolina.
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