March 22, 2023 | 22:56 UTC
Severe weather forecast for the southern, southeastern, and Ohio Valley, US, through early March 25. There are likely to be interruptions; possible tornadoes.
Severe weather is forecast for parts of the southern, southeastern, and Ohio Valley regions through at least early March 25. The National Weather Service (NWS) Storm Prediction Center has warned of an increased risk (level 3 on a five-level scale) of Severe Thunderstorms in eastern Louisiana, southwestern Arkansas and the western Mississippi from March 24 through early March 25. A slight risk of severe thunderstorms exists for parts of eastern and southern Oklahoma in parts of central Texas through early March 24 and in and around the enhanced warning areas. covering far eastern Texas northeast to southwestern Kentucky, central Tennessee, and central Alabama from March 24 through early March 25. The storms are likely to be accompanied by damaging winds, hail, and possible tornadoes.
The NWS Weather Prediction Center warned of a moderate risk (level 3 on a four-level scale) of excessive precipitation for parts of the mid- and southern Mississippi Valley through early March 24 and from the Ozarks to the Ohio Valley from March 24 to early March. 25. A slight risk of excessive rainfall exists for areas surrounding Moderate Warning Areas covering northeast Oklahoma northeast to southern Indiana through early March 24 and from Arkansas and northern Mississippi northeast to central Ohio, far southwestern Pennsylvania, and western West Virginia on March 24. until early March 25.
The NWS has issued flood watches and warnings from central Oklahoma northeast to southwestern Ohio. Officials could update and possibly expand the coverage of weather alerts in the coming days.
Sustained heavy rains could lead to flooding in low-lying communities near rivers, creeks and creeks. Urban flooding is also possible in developed areas with easily overwhelmed stormwater drainage systems. Sites located downstream of large reservoirs or rivers may be subject to flash flooding after relatively short periods of heavy rainfall. Landslides are possible in hilly or mountainous areas, especially where heavy rains have saturated the ground.
Authorities could issue mandatory evacuation orders for flood-prone communities in the coming days and tornado warnings advising the public to shelter in place. Outages in electricity and telecommunications services are possible when severe weather affects utility networks.
Severe weather is likely to contribute to transportation disruptions across the region. Flooding and debris flows may make some bridges, rail networks or highways impassable, affecting ground travel in and around affected areas. Accumulation of water on road surfaces could cause hazardous driving conditions on regional highways. Authorities may temporarily close some low-lying routes that are inundated by flooding.
The severe weather is also likely to cause flight delays and cancellations at airports in the affected region. Flooding could block regional rail lines; Delays and cancellations of freight and passenger trains are likely to occur in areas experiencing heavy rainfall and possible track flooding.
Localized business interruptions can occur in areas affected by flooding or tornadoes; Some businesses may not be operating at full capacity due to facility damage, potential evacuations, and the inability of some employees to reach work sites.
Monitor local media for up-to-date information on emergencies and weather. Check for up-to-date information on weather and road conditions before driving or routing shipments through areas where severe weather is forecast. Please plan accordingly for possible delivery delays if you route shipments by truck through the affected area. Do not attempt to drive through flooded areas. Confirm flights. Charge battery-powered devices in case of prolonged power outages.
National Metereological Service