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Severe Weather Continues To Threaten Southern States

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Since Friday, April 9th as many as 350 reports have been made of severe weather across the southern states of the U.S.

There have been five reports of tornadoes –- one in Louisiana, two in Mississippi, one in Florid and one in Georgia.

A severe tornado with winds up to 140-mph struck Palmetto, Louisiana. The twister was on the ground for more than 8 miles and killed one person and injured seven others.

In Panama City Beach, a waterspout swirled on land and caused widespread damage to structures, trees, and power lines.

Four-inch hail plummeted parts of Orange Beach, Alabama. It is only the second time on record that hail that size has been reported in that area and is the largest hail ever recorded in Baldwin County, Alabama.

Wind gust reached more than 80-mph along the Gulf Coast toppling trees and power lines.

Strong winds damaged sections of Manatee County, Florida and it is unsure whether a tornado caused damage in the county or just the wind.

Monday is supposed to be the last day of severe weather including severe storms crossing the state of Florida bringing damaging winds, large hail and brief tornadoes. Very heavy rain and flash flooding is still possible.

The severe risk region extended from Orlando to Miami and could affect as many as 12 million people.

One to 2-inches of rain is possible in parts of the Northeast and some flooding could occur.

Colder air in the central United States is causing concern with temperatures possibly dropping some 20° below average and, by Tuesday, April 13, wind chills across the region will be in the 20s and teens.

The severe weather has caused power outages in several states including:

  • Florida 17,017
  • Texas 4,989
  • Louisiana 4,409
  • North Carolina 2,166
  • Tennessee 1,569
  • Mississippi 1,358
  • Arkansas 1,192

Once again Mother Nature’s wrath rages in sections of the United States. It doesn’t matter what the season, any region of the country is vulnerable to incidences that can cause power outages.

You may want to consider the purchase of a standalone generator to protect you and your family from anything Mother Nature throws at us. Check APElectric for information on their inventory of generators that includes brands from Generac and Cummins to Kohler and Briggs & Stratton. The website also includes a generator size calculator that can help you determine how big your new generator needs to be to satisfy your specific needs.

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