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.
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.
A tornado watch remained in effect for parts of central Alabama and central Georgia.
The weather service said severe thunderstorms and ongoing heavy rains could cause damaging gusts, hail, a few tornadoes and flash flooding to parts of the Southern Plains in southeast and central Mississippi and into the lower Ohio valleys throughout the day on Monday.
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. Meteorologists urged residents to take cover.
“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.
No injuries were immediately reported.
In the western part of the country, a storm in Colorado continues to bring heavy snowfall 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 are 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 cold gusty winds produce a high fire weather threat,” the weather service said.
Contributor: Jorge Ortiz, USA TODAY; The Associated Press
After:Two weather systems threaten flash flooding and drastic temperature changes across the United States