Significant storm systems are forecast to develop across the eastern portion of the US from Saturday, April 13, to Monday, April 15, particularly in the Lower Mississippi River basin and central and lower Appalachian regions. In areas of Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, and Louisiana states, the US National Weather Service (NWS) warned of a moderate risk of tornadoes, baseball-sized hail, and damaging winds up to 112 kph (70 mph) from Saturday afternoon (local time) to Sunday morning. Areas further east in the wider Appalachian and Piedmont areas, including Atlanta (Georgia state), Charlotte (North Carolina state), large areas of West Virginia, and as far as Cincinnati (Ohio state), are also forecast to receive strong thunderstorms, strong winds, and hail, with the worst effects expected Sunday late afternoon and evening. Flooding is possible along with transportation disruptions, including flight delays and cancelations, adverse driving conditions, and possible road closures.
Individuals in the affected regions are advised to monitor local weather reports, anticipate damaging weather and transportation disruptions, including flight delays and cancelations and adverse driving conditions, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, take appropriate precautions in the event of severe weather or tornadoes, and remember that walking or driving through running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) is enough to knock over an adult.
The safest place to be in a building in the event of a tornado is in the basement or on the ground floor, or in an interior hallway or stairwell. Avoid doors and windows. If a tornado is approaching, crouch face down as low as possible to the floor and cover your head with your hands.
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