One week after deadly barrage, South braces for another wave of severe thunderstorms, tornadoes
The Storm Prediction Center, by Sunday afternoon, had already received at least 18 reports of hail in parts of central and southeastern Texas and at least 19 reports of high winds in Texas, central Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina.
According to weather.com, the severe-weather threat should end by midday Monday, except for some isolated thunderstorms that may linger. Much of the South can expect 1 to 3 inches of rain through Monday. The central parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia are most likely to get more significant rainfall totals.
The National Weather Service said flash floods are expected in the Lower Mississippi Valley and in parts of the Southeast.
Easter outbreak: Tornadoes sweep across the South, leaving at least 30 dead
Last week during Easter Sunday, a series of tornadoes swept through the South. It was the worst outbreak the U.S. has seen in six years, since April 2014, when 35 people were killed in the central and southern U.S., the Storm Prediction Center said.
In last week’s barrage, more than 100 reported tornadoes left at least 36 dead across Mississippi, South Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana, Tennessee and North Carolina.
Coronavirus updates: Get the latest news and information on the COVID-19 pandemic
The timing of the storm threat is only complicated further as the U.S. continues to battle the coronavirus outbreak that has infected more than 735,000 and claimed the lives of almost 40,000 nationally as of Sunday morning, according to the John Hopkins University Data Dashboard.
“Do not let the virus prevent you from seeking refuge from a tornado,” the American Meteorological Society said April 9 in a statement. “If a public tornado shelter is your best available refuge from severe weather, take steps to ensure you follow CDC guidelines for physical distancing and disease prevention.”
Contributing: Jessica Flores, USA TODAY; Giacomo Bologna, Wilton Jackson and Sarah Fowler, The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, Miss.).
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Weather forecast storms: South braces for thunderstorms, tornadoes
MONTGOMERY, Ala.— High winds, hail and heavy rain pounded parts of Alabama on Sunday, as forecasters warned residents to brace for possible tornadoes and flooding across a wide swatch of the southern United States.
Tornado watches covered a swath of east Texas and large parts of Louisiana and Mississippi on Sunday afternoon. More than 24,000 customers were without electricity early Sunday, according to www.poweroutage.us.
It was the second Sunday in a row that the South was hit with severe weather.
Four Alabama counties were under a flash flood warning because of heavy rain: Bibb, Chilton, Coosa and Shelby, the National Weather Service said. High winds had uprooted trees and left blankets of hail on the ground in some areas, the National Weather Service reported.
“Two to three inches of rain has already fallen and an additional one to two inches is possible,” the agency said on its website.
A second wave of storms was expected to develop Sunday afternoon and bring the risk of strong tornadoes into the evening, the National Weather Service said. Large twisters were a possibility for parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.
A zone from the Texas-Louisiana line that extends eastward across the southern parts of Mississippi, Alabama and into Georgia will be at greatest risk of severe weather and tornadoes, the national Storm Prediction Center projected. The area is home to more than 5 million people and includes cities such as Jackson, Mississippi; Montgomery, Alabama; and Macon, Georgia.
A swath of damaging winds and a continued tornado threat will also extend across Georgia and parts of South Carolina through Sunday night.
The storm threat comes a week after Easter storms pounded the Deep South. The National Weather Service said more than 100 tornadoes struck the South that Sunday and Monday. Officials said at least 36 people were killed in the two-day outbreak of storms.