- More than 90 million people in the southeastern U.S. face the threat of more storms and tornadoes this Tuesday.
- About 28 million in the southeast could see rain, lightning, hail, wind and possible tornadoes
- “We will see the three threats in terms of hail, wind and tornadoes on Tuesday,” said a meteorologist.
More than 90 million residents representing much of the South are again at risk from a severe weather threat Tuesday, forecasters say, after tornadoes struck parts of the region Sunday night and Monday, causing severe damage in parts of Mississippi and overturning trucks in Texas, The Associated Press reported.
Parts of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee, as well as corners of Arkansas and Georgia, are at increased risk for the worst weather, according to the National Storm Prediction Center. That area is home to more than 11 million people and includes the cities of Nashville, Tennessee; Birmingham, Alabama; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and Jackson, Mississippi, forecasters said.
Severe weather threat for more than 90 million inhabitants
“We will see the three threats in terms of hail, wind and tornadoes on Tuesday,” said Mike Edmonston, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Mississippi. More than 90 million people could experience severe weather on Tuesday, it reported CNN.
Hail and high winds whipped across north Texas, where just before midnight Monday, high winds from a likely tornado overturned three semi-trailers on Interstate 35 in torrential rain, authorities said. Three people were taken to hospitals, but their conditions were not immediately known, Dallas television station WFAA reported.
Hurricane winds and hail are expected
Tuesday’s storms could include wind gusts of up to 70 mph (113 kph) and hail the size of golf balls, forecasters said, noting that “tornadoes are likely Tuesday through Tuesday nights” in parts of Mississippi. . A pair of tornado warnings were issued Tuesday morning in rural areas east of Nashville, Tennessee.
The risk follows bad weather that moved through the south Sunday and Monday, damaging homes and uprooting trees from Mississippi to West Virginia. A tornado warning in Atlanta forced thousands of people to seek shelter, and a man was killed when a falling tree brought power lines to his vehicle in Douglasville, Georgia, west of Atlanta, Douglas County spokesman Rick Martin said. .
Severe weather leaves deadly balance
And in central Georgia, Carla Harris, 55, died after a tree fell on her Bonaire home, Houston County emergency officials said. More than 100,000 people were without power early Tuesday in states from Texas to Kentucky, according to poweroutage.us, which tracks utility outages.
The weather first turned harsh in Mississippi on Sunday, where south of the city of Yazoo, Vickie Savell was left with only remnants of the new mobile home where she and her husband had moved just eight days ago. It had risen from its foundations and moved about 25 feet (8 meters). It was completely destroyed.
Houses torn apart by the storm
“Oh my gosh, my first new house in 40 years and it doesn’t exist anymore,” the woman said Monday, amid the treetops strewn across the neighborhood and the roar of chainsaws as people worked to clear roads.
In Mississippi, meteorologists confirmed 12 tornadoes Sunday afternoon and evening, including the Yazoo city tornado, which spanned 30 miles (48 kilometers), and another tornado that moved through suburban Byram. and Terry south of Jackson which produced damage 1,000 yards (910 meters) wide.
Severe Weather Threat: Trees and downed lines
In South Carolina, at least one tornado was reported Monday afternoon in Abbeville County. The tornado appeared to be on the ground for several miles, according to warnings from the National Weather Service. No injuries were immediately reported.
In Greenwood, downed trees and power lines were reported, while a vehicle blew up and a storage unit building was severely damaged. Several locations reported hail the size of a golf ball.
Southern US states affected by tornadoes
In the southern Kentucky city of Tompkinsville, a Monday morning storm was later confirmed when a tornado damaged several homes and downed trees and power lines, Fire Chief Kevin Jones said. No injuries were reported, he said.
In West Virginia, Jefferson County Communications Supervisor James Hayden said a person was injured when a possible tornado made landfall at a logging company Monday night. The injury was minor and the person was treated at the scene, he said. An outdoor wooden shed collapsed, Hayden said.