- As of Tuesday evening, the area most at risk for severe thunderstorms includes states from Iowa to Texas.
- Wildfires are also possible in the southern plains on Tuesday.
- On Wednesday, the area at risk of severe storms moves to the Deep South, including Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.
Another multi-day severe weather outbreak is underway for the central, southern and eastern United States this week.
Storms are expected to kick in on Tuesday in the central United States, but the day with the highest risk of severe weather will be Wednesday in the Deep South, forecasters said.
“Residents in parts of the South still reeling from last week’s destructive weather may find themselves in the path of Mother Nature’s wrath again this week,” said AccuWeather meteorologist Mary Gilbert.
More than 23 million people are at risk for some type of severe weather on Tuesday, and the number jumps to more than 55 million on Wednesday, the Storm Prediction Center said. On Thursday, 20 million people could see severe weather.
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Tuesday: Texas to Iowa
As of Tuesday evening, the area most at risk for severe thunderstorms includes states from Iowa to Texas. Hazards associated with storms include frequent lightning, strong wind gusts, hail and a few tornadoes, according to the National Weather Service.
“Parts of central and northern Texas, as well as Oklahoma and Kansas, may be within a mile of isolated tornado risk,” Gilbert said.
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Wildfires are also possible in the southern plains on Tuesday. “A significant wildfire outbreak is likely across the southern High Plains today, where high winds and very dry conditions will promote extremely critical fire weather,” the National Weather Service warned.
Wednesday: Great South
On Wednesday, the area at risk for severe storms shifts to the Deep South, where states such as Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama are most at risk, the Storm Prediction Center said. “All severe hazards are possible, including significant gusts over 75 mph and strong tornadoes (EF2+),” according to the Center.
An EF2 tornado has wind gusts of 111 to 135 mph.
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Cities like Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Jackson, Mississippi; and Tuscaloosa, Alabama, could see severe storms on Wednesday.
Flash flooding will also be a concern Wednesday and Wednesday night, AccuWeather said, particularly because rivers remain at fairly high levels after the latest outbreak of rain and storms.
Thursday: Mid-Atlantic, Southeast
“There could be a continuation of severe storms from this system in the East on Thursday in one or two rounds,” Weather.com said. “Damaging gusty winds would be the primary concern for any severe storm developing from parts of the mid-Atlantic southeastward.”