Significant Destructive Wind Event Very Likely Wednesday Evening

PRIMARY HAZARD(S): Non-thunderstorm winds of 25-35 MPH, gusts as high as 50 MPH. Destructive thunderstorm winds of 60-80 MPH associated with thunderstorms.

SECONDARY HAZARD(S): Tornadoes

Potential Impacts: Winds of 25-57 MPH can cause tree limbs to fall onto power lines and result in power outages. Winds of this magnitude can also blow around loose, unsecured furniture. Winds of 58 MPH or higher start causing damage to roofs, siding, and trees.

A few brief tornadoes are also possible as the line moves through. Tornadoes can cause damage to vehicles, structures and harm people. Know what to do when a Warning is issued.

Confidence in Hazard(s): High

SUMMARY: A vigorous line of strong to severe thunderstorms will move across the region Wednesday evening and Wednesday night. Parts of the area have been highlighted in a MODERATE RISK (Level 4/5) for severe weather. The rest of the Coverage Area is in an ENHANCED RISK (Level 3/5). Bottom line, the entire southeast will see severe weather tomorrow afternoon and evening.


DISCUSSION:

SPC highlights, model ensembles continue to hint at a fairly widespread damaging wind event shaping up for Wednesday afternoon into the night. No longer looking at it rolling into Thursday except for perhaps the eastern part of the state outside of our Coverage Area due to the speed of the line of thunderstorms.

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