Severe thunderstorms may roar across the southeastern United States again on Wednesday, bringing with them a slight risk of hail, damaging winds and tornadoes.
About 37 million people are at risk in places like Jacksonville, Florida; Charlotte, North Carolina; Virginia Beach; Raleigh, North Carolina; and Atlanta, the National Weather Service said.
Heavy rain will be the norm.
In Escambia County, Florida, officials issued a state of emergency after 9 inches of rain.
Rescue crews scrambled to reach stranded motorists, and a search was under way for a missing driver who’d called for emergency help, said Bill Pearson of the county emergency management.
He asked drivers to stay off the roads for the next 24 hours.
The Florida Highway Patrol reported one weather-related drowning.
County schools will be closed Wednesday, he said, as well as Interstate 10 and Highway 29.
By Tuesday night, much of the fear of severe storms that could produce large tornado tracks in the eastern half of the United States, from Mississippi to New York, dissipated after the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center downgraded the threat.
SOURCE: Michael Pearson and Dave Alsup