14 million people under tornado watch as storms hit Ohio Valley

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By journalsofus.com

Thunderstorms, large hail and strong winds hit the Ohio Valley on Tuesday, causing large hail, uprooting trees and overturning mobile homes, authorities said.

There were reports of tornadoes in Illinois, Tennessee and Kentucky on Tuesday night, according to the National Weather Service. Previously, there was one storm-related death in Oklahoma, the Tulsa Police Department confirmed, but did not immediately provide further details.

Ohio and Kentucky, and parts of Indiana, West Virginia, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia, were expected to be affected by severe weather Tuesday afternoon and evening, officials said. Forecasters predicted several tornadoes, damaging winds that could reach hurricane-force levels and even hail the size of baseballs.

Severe weather is part of a powerful storm system which was moving east after hitting parts of Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas on Monday night.

About 14 million people were under tornado watch Tuesday afternoon, most of them around Nashville, according to weather officials. Several schools in Tennessee closed or sent students home early Tuesday, and some canceled extracurricular activities. according to local media reports.

More than 207,000 customers were without power, the majority in West Virginia with 128,000 customers, according to Poweroutage.us. The National Weather Service office in Charleston, West Virginia, issued a tornado warning and warned of 50 mile per hour winds and nickel. large hail in the south-central part of the state.

Parts of Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio were under a tornado watch until 10 p.m. ET. according to the Louisville office of the National Weather Service. Tornadoes, hail the size of ping pong balls and wind gusts of up to 120 kilometers per hour were possible in those areas.

Kentucky declared state of emergency on Tuesday due to weather.

“We have reports of substantial damage to several structures and, fortunately, at this time, we are not aware of any deaths,” said Andy Beshear, the governor. he said in a statement. “We need all Kentuckians to be weather-aware as we prepare for more severe weather throughout the afternoon and evening.”

Flooding was also possible overnight. the forecasters said.

Meteorological officials encouraged the people Living in areas where a tornado watch becomes a tornado warning should move to a safe location, “ideally in a basement or an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building.”

Meteorologists on Monday faced an interruption That affected a key part of the country’s weather monitoring system, potentially making it difficult for them to warn people about severe weather conditions. Service had returned to normal by 6:30 a.m. ET on Tuesday.

Forecasters expected the storm system to reach New England on Wednesday and Thursday. More than five million people were under a Winter storm warning Tuesday afternoon, many of them in New England, according to forecasters. Boston will probably face Heavy rain, river flooding, wet snow and strong winds on Wednesday and Thursday.

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