Forecasters expect inclement weather, including flash flooding and the possibility of tornadoes, to continue to threaten much of the southern United States on Tuesday, after two days of storms that caused extensive damage and killed the at least two people.
The National Weather Service’s storm forecasting center said there was an “increased risk” of severe thunderstorms for large areas of the south, including southern Mississippi and west-central Alabama. There, damaging winds of up to 70 miles per hour and golf ball-sized hail were likely from Tuesday morning to early evening, with possible tornadoes, according to the forecast office in Jackson, Mississippi. .
The area was placed under flash flood watch, with up to two to four inches of rain in three hours, which could flood roads and threaten structures.
Much of central Tennessee was on a strong thunderstorm watch Tuesday morning, with wind gusts of up to 70 miles per hour and quarter-hail. “One or two isolated tornadoes cannot be ruled out,” meteorologists said.
In Georgia, forecasters warned that “several rounds of strong to severe storms” could be possible overnight Tuesday.
The threat of more severe weather comes after two days of storms in the region, including tornadoes that hit Mississippi, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina and Texas.
A man died when power lines and a tree fell on his vehicle outside of Atlanta, authorities said. And a Bonaire, Ga. Woman died when a tree fell on her home, the Houston County Emergency Management Agency said.
Tens of thousands of people were without power Tuesday morning in Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee and Kentucky, according to PowerOutage.us, a website that tracks service losses. Cities and towns in the south have reported structural damage from tornadoes, high winds and punitive rains, with images and videos on social media showing uprooted trees and damaged buildings.
In Texas, local media reported at least two tornadoes on Monday. Three people were injured, including one seriously, when three 18-wheel vehicles rolled over and several other vehicles were involved in a crash on Interstate 35 near Dallas, according to WFAA, a Dallas news channel.
April was a calm month for inclement weather in the United States, with half the usual number of severe weather reports, the fewest tornado reports since 2000, and the fourth fewest tornado sightings on record, according to the National Weather Service.