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Dozens of schools closed, severe weather outbreak begins in U.S.

Staff Writer |
A significant threat for severe weather will focus on the southeastern United States on Wednesday with damaging storms putting lives and property in danger.

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“Severe weather is going to quickly blossom Wednesday during the morning and early afternoon with storms capable of producing large hail, wind gusts of 60 to 70 mph, flooding downpours and tornadoes.

Thunderstorms will reach from the Gulf Coast into the Midwest with the most violent storms tracking across Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and the Florida Panhandle.

At around 5:42 a.m. CDT, golf ball-sized hail was reported around DeArmanville, Alabama, according to an National Weather Service trained spotter.

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued south of Birmingham, Alabama until 5:00 a.m. CDT on Wednesday. The storm is reportedly producing half dollar-sized hail.

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley declared a statewide State of Emergency on Tuesday in anticipation of Wednesday’s severe weather outbreak. This will allow state agencies to be prepared to carry out the state Emergency Operations Plan if it is needed.

School districts across the region are also preparing for severe thunderstorms with dozens of schools announcing that they will be closed or will have an early dismissal on Wednesday. This includes several colleges and universities.

While snow was contained to northern New England for the first half of the week, wintry precipitation will sneak into the Midwest and mid-Atlantic during the second half of the week.

April came in like a lamb with days of temperatures reaching into the 50s and 60s F across the Midwest and mid-Atlantic. However, that will change as a major storm moves into the East.

“Winter weather is not quite over with just yet,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rathbun.

A mix of cold rain and snow will impact cities including Detroit, Toronto and Pittsburgh, beginning on Wednesday night, accompanied by brisk winds.

Much of northern Indiana, southeastern Michigan, northern and eastern Ohio, western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and southeastern Ontario can expect decreased visibility and slick nighttime conditions to occur as a result.

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