The man died in Douglasville, Georgia, west of Atlanta. The Douglas County Fire Department responded to reports of a tree on a car with a person inside at around 10:36 a.m., according to a press release from county officials.
“When they arrived at the scene, they discovered the driver trapped inside the vehicle with power lines and a tree on the vehicle,” Douglas County communications director Rick Martin said in the report. communicated. “Firefighters had to extract the driver who we only identify as a male for now until next of kin were notified.”
The extent of storm damage in the region was unclear as of early Monday afternoon. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms tweeted photos of downed trees in her southwest Atlanta neighborhood, while Dru Ghegan, owner of the bonded warehouse in Fulton County, said shared photos showing the building had sustained significant damage.
A tornado watch was in effect until 7 p.m. EDT for east-central Georgia, central South Carolina and south-central North Carolina. This included Charlotte and Rockingham in North Carolina, Colombia and Greenwood in South Carolina and Augusta in Georgia. There have been several thunderstorm watches, including those in central Georgia, much of Alabama and eastern Mississippi, which will last until 9 p.m. ET, according to CNN meteorologist Taylor Ward.
A few tornadoes are possible with thunderstorms, in addition to the risk of large hail up to the size of a quarter and isolated wind gusts of up to 70 mph, according to the Storm Prediction Center.
Additionally, over the plains a new system is being developed that will trigger a separate severe weather outbreak overnight.
There is also a severe thunderstorm watch for central Illinois and east-central Missouri, including St. Louis. Eastern New Mexico and western Texas are subject to severe thunderstorms until 9 p.m. CT (10 p.m. ET).
Additionally, a new tornado watch has been issued for Southeast Oklahoma and North Central Texas, including Dallas. This watch is in effect until 11:00 p.m. Pacific Time.
Tornadoes are very likely in the Southern Plains and in the Ohio River Valley
This area has the best chance of seeing damaging winds, but large hail and tornadoes are also possible, especially in southeastern Oklahoma and northeastern Texas.
“Very large hailstones, tornadoes (some of which can be significant) and strong and destructive winds are expected,” according to the Storm Prediction Center.
The Federal Aviation Administration has issued a ground stop at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, airport spokesman Bill Begley told CNN.
Monday morning showers and storms were expected to leave the Ohio River Valley by noon.
“A tornado risk may persist overnight as storms move from Oklahoma to parts of Arkansas / southern Missouri and approach the Mississippi River late,” according to the CPS.
Series of storms are possible overnight, so some places could be hit by more than one storm – perhaps more than one severe storm.
These storms may not reach the western Ohio River Valley until Tuesday morning, which could impact cities such as Nashville, Indianapolis, St. Louis and Louisville.
Severe storms also threaten in the southeast
Marginal, level 1 in 5, the chances of severe storms extend from the deep south to the mid-Atlantic. Cities like Washington, Richmond and Savannah are all included in this risk zone.
Unlike the central United States, the threat in the southeast will be primarily during the day.
There have already been thunderstorms this morning, and more storms will form during the second half of the day.
This round will have to be watched for severe storms this afternoon and evening. Reports of tornadoes, hail and damaging winds are expected with some of the storms. Localized flash floods will be possible with any storm today, with some locations measuring between 1 and 3 inches of rain.
Many southeastern states have seen their normal precipitation double over the past month, so even 1 to 2 inches of extra rain could lead to flash flooding.
Storms march east on Tuesday
This puts Mississippi at risk for tornadoes, but tornadoes could be especially possible in parts of Louisiana, Alabama, and Tennessee, where there is a level 3 in 5 severe weather risk.
“Large hail, damaging wind gusts and a few tornadoes will be likely with precipitation rates exceeding one inch per hour,” the National Weather Service office in Jackson, Mississippi said.
Series of thunderstorms and rain showers will traverse the Ohio and Tennessee valleys throughout Tuesday. Further south, scattered storms are likely to develop midday from eastern Texas to Georgia.
The risk of severe weather will increase in the afternoon and evening. In addition to the storms in the Gulf Coast states, some of which will become severe, a final line or two of strong storms will likely move east from the coast through the Ohio River Valley until Tuesday evening.
Flash floods will be possible across the south thanks to the combination of heavy rains and all the rains that have fallen in recent days and weeks. Widespread rain of 1 to 3 inches is forecast in this area through Tuesday evening.
That storm line is expected to weaken by Wednesday morning as it approaches the U.S. east coast, but isolated severe weather conditions will still be possible.