More severe weather – including a possible tornado in the Atlanta area – continued to roar in the storm-battered south on Monday, a day after multiple tornadoes were reported in Mississippi, causing damage but no injured.
In all, more than 100 million people from New Mexico to Delaware were at risk of some form of severe weather on Monday, the Storm Prediction Center said.
A tornado warning had been issued for parts of the Atlanta metro area on Monday morning, but it expired after the storm moved through the area. There have been reports of trees in the Atlanta area, firefighters said, but again, no injuries were reported.
A tornado watch remained in effect Monday afternoon for parts of Alabama and Georgia as well as parts of South and North Carolina. Severe thunderstorms, including isolated tornadoes, can occur in the central Alabama strip through central and northern Georgia, central and northern South Carolina, and parts of Carolina north until Monday evening, “AccuWeather meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said.
A tornado warning was issued for parts of the Charlotte, North Carolina metropolitan area on Monday afternoon, but it expired after the storm threat passed, the National Weather Service said.
In the southern Kentucky town of Tompkinsville, a severe storm Monday morning damaged several homes and downed trees and power lines.
The weather service also said severe thunderstorms and ongoing heavy rains could result in damaging gusts, hail, a few tornadoes and flash flooding in parts of the southern plains in the middle valleys of the Mississippi and in the lower valleys. from Ohio throughout the day on Monday.
Larger metropolitan areas such as Little Rock, Arkansas; St. Louis and Indianapolis could be in the crosshairs of these dangerous thunderstorms, AccuWeather said.
Sunday afternoon and overnight, a line of severe storms hit the Mississippi. Late in the day, a “tornado emergency” was declared for Tupelo and its surroundings.
“Damage has been reported in the city of Tupelo,” the mayor’s office said in a Facebook post just before 11 p.m. “Emergency crews are currently assessing the degree of damage. Please do not go out and drive.”
Photos retweeted by the Memphis Weather Service showed several downed trees and power lines. Tupelo middle school suffered damage, as well as houses and businesses.
There have been several reports of damage to homes on Elvis Presley Drive, just down the street from the house where the famous singer was born.
The media also reported tornadoes near Yazoo City, Byram and Tchula earlier today. Jackson’s Weather Service shared several images of funnel clouds in different parts of the state.
In the western part of the country, a storm in Colorado continued to bring heavy snow to the central Rockies. Up to a foot of snow could accumulate by Monday evening, the weather service said, and winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories were in effect in northern and central Colorado.
And in California, temperatures 10 to 15 degrees above average can pose a threat to wildfires.
“The combination of warm temperatures, low relative humidity, expanding drought conditions and gusty winds could produce a high fire weather threat,” the weather service said.
Contributor: Jorge Ortiz, USA TODAY; The Associated Press
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