Volunteers fill sandbags in preparation for flooding along the Missouri River in St Joseph, Mo., Monday, March 18, 2019. AccuWeather’s 2020 flood risk forecast calls for a substantial decrease in extreme flooding and subsequent damage following a disastrous 2019. An estimated $12.5 billion in total damage and economic loss was caused by record-breaking flooding in the Midwestern U.S. and other hard-hit areas. AccuWeather’s long-range forecast team expects moderate to possibly severe flooding for an area from eastern Texas to the Tennessee Valley. Rainfall, already above normal in several Southern cities, will continue to be above average from the central Gulf coast to parts of the Ohio Valley and central Appalachians during the period during April and May. This includes the areas of the Tennessee Valley, Pearl River Basin and the southern Appalachians and Piedmont. “We expect the flood risk to continue along the lower Mississippi River and the surrounding areas,” said AccuWeather Lead Long-Range Meteorologist Paul Pastelok. “Saturated ground and additional rainfall can lead to areas of flooding into early summer.” Rainfall amounts for […]