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Experts predict turbulent winter

If AccuWeather’s 2015-16 U.S. winter forecast can be believed, Florida’s in for a turbulent winter. Indeed. The site predicts that the Southeast and Gulf Coast are likely to experience heavy rainfall and severe weather during the cold months as one of the strongest El Niños in the last 50 to 60 years continues to develop. “El Niño patterns often result in severe weather outbreaks for this region as bigger, stronger systems are able to take a southern storm track,” said Paul Pastelok, AccuWeather’s long-range forecaster. Florida in particular, according to Pastelok, may see a higher risk for tornadoes this season, as may southern Georgia and South Carolina, because of the severe weather events. AccuWeather predicts that heavy rains will be widespread and blanket the overall South during the winter. Then, as the season progresses, the additional rain on already saturated ground will increase the likelihood of flooding. "As far as the biggest impacts go, I would look at Shreveport and New Orleans, Louisiana and Mobile, AL,” said Pastelok. “I think those areas are going to get hit with a lot of rain." Founded in 1962, AccuWeather daily delivers weather content to more than 180,000 third-party websites worldwide, among other services. The organization claims that everyday more than a billion people around the globe rely on its information.

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