Another day of severe storms was forecast for Tuesday across much of the south, continuing a period of difficult weather that saw destructive tornadoes hitting parts of the region on Sunday and Monday. The storms killed two people in Georgia and one person in Tennessee.
The threat zone for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes covers more than 1,000 miles from the lower Mississippi Valley and southeast to the upper Ohio Valley on Tuesday, AccuWeather said.
Large parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee, as well as corners of Arkansas and Georgia, are more exposed to worse weather conditions, according to the Storm Prediction Center. This area is home to over 11 million people and includes the cities of Nashville; Birmingham, Alabama; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and Jackson, Mississippi, forecasters said.
“Threats from these storms will include flood showers, hail, damaging wind gusts and a few tornadoes,” said AccuWeather senior meteorologist Tyler Roys.
Already on Tuesday, at least 280,000 people were without power in the South, according to poweroutage.us.
Torrential rains flooded the streets around the Birmingham, Alabama subway on Tuesday.
A tornado watch was issued Tuesday morning by the National Weather Service for parts of Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas and Louisiana. A tornado watch means that the weather conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes.
The storms could include wind gusts of up to 70 mph and golf ball-sized hail, forecasters said, noting that “tornadoes are likely Tuesday through Tuesday evening” in parts of the country. Mississippi.
Severe storms moved across parts of Tennessee from sunrise Tuesday morning, bringing heavy rain and triggering a flurry of tornadoes and severe thunderstorm warnings. A woman died when a tree fell on her home as storms swept through the state on Tuesday, Weakley County Emergency Management Director Ray Wiggington told WKRN-TV. He said at least six mobile homes were damaged by the falling tree around 4 a.m.
Strong winds and heavy rain swept through Jackson late Tuesday as thunder rattled the windows. High winds cut electricity to many neighborhoods as they cracked tree branches and sent them to neighboring houses. The storms left streets strewn with branches and leaves.
And at least eight people were injured when storms that caused tornadoes in Texas knocked over semi-trailers on a freeway and damaged structures on Monday and Tuesday.
Tuesday’s risk follows inclement weather that swept south on Sunday and Monday, damaging homes and uprooting trees from Mississippi to West Virginia.
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A tornado spotted in Atlanta on Monday forced thousands to seek shelter, and a man was killed when a fallen tree brought power lines to his vehicle. The motorist was pronounced dead after fire crews cut him off from the vehicle in Douglasville, Ga., West of Atlanta.
In central Georgia, Carla Harris, 55, was killed on Monday after a tree fell on her Bonaire home, Houston County emergency officials said.
In Mississippi, forecasters confirmed 12 tornadoes Sunday night and night, including a Yazoo City twister, which spanned 30 miles, and another tornado that moved through suburbs of Byram and Terry south of Jackson which produced a 1000 meter wide damage track.
Just south of the town of Yazoo, Vickie Savell had nothing left but the remains of the brand new mobile home she and her husband had moved into just eight days ago. It had been lifted off its foundations and moved about 25 feet (8 meters). It was destroyed.
“Oh my God, my first new house in 40 years and it’s gone,” she said Monday, amid the treetops scattered around the neighborhood and the roar of chainsaws as people worked to clear the roads. .
At least one tornado hit during Monday night’s storms that caused widespread damage across western Arkansas.
The tornado would have landed in the Roland area, according to weather service meteorologist Tyler Snider. A tornado may also have landed in Van Buren based on the NWS radar signatures in the area.
In South Carolina, at least one tornado was reported Monday afternoon in Abbeville County. No injuries were reported. In Greenwood, trees and power lines were cut down, a vehicle was overturned and a storage building was badly damaged. Several locations reported hail the size of a golf ball.
A possible tornado Monday morning brought down trees and power lines in southern Kentucky, according to the weather service.
Preliminary results from a Weather Service investigation concluded that the Kentucky storm was a 90 mph EF-1 tornado, with most of the damage occurring in Tompkinsville, Weather Service meteorologist Cliff Goff said Monday afternoon.
In West Virginia, Jefferson County Communications Supervisor James Hayden said a person was injured when a possible tornado hit a lumber company Monday night.
Meteorological service surveyors confirmed a tornado west of Atlanta, near where the motorist died. The twister was determined to have peak winds of 90 mph with a 1.5 mile path. At least 10 houses had trees on them.
The same thunderstorm sent thousands of people to safety in more central parts of Atlanta and may have produced at least one more tornado southwest of downtown. Tornado damage has also been reported in the area around Athens.
Contributor: Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY; The Associated Press; Adam Friedman and Rachel Wegner, The Nashville Tennessean; Ben Tobin, The Louisville Courier Journal; Gabriela Szymanowska, The Mississippi Clarion Ledger; Max Bryan, the Fort Smith Times record