GEORGIA — About 43 million Americans plan to travel 50 or more miles to observe Memorial Day — officially a somber holiday that commemorates the nation’s war dead, but also viewed by the tourism industry as the unofficial start to summer. The National Weather Service says Metro Atlanta should be sunny, with a high near 96 degrees. However, depending on where you’re heading, that may not be the case.

Be sure to pack an umbrella, rain gear and an emergency plan if you’re headed to the central or western United States, where residents are reeling from days of violent weather.

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