Severe storms threaten flooding, tornadoes and large hail in the South and parts of the Mississippi Valley today

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A forecast model shows expected rain accumulations through Wednesday across the south.


Another round of severe weather hits parts of the South and Mississippi Valley on Tuesday, less than a week after a powerful storm system swept through the region. killed at least three people.

Heavy rain, strong winds and dangerous thunderstorms began Monday in an area from Texas to Alabama, and the continuing storms are forecast to unleash a hat trick of dangers on Tuesday and Wednesday, threatening tens of millions of Americans across the South. and the lower Mississippi Valley with more rain. large hail and the possibility of strong tornadoes.

“Several tornadoes, a couple of which should be strong, large hail and damaging winds are expected,” he added. Storm Prediction Center warned.

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More than 30 million people from Texas to western Mississippi are at risk of severe storms on Tuesday, according to the prediction center. Much of this area was affected by last week’s storms.

About 9 million of those people, in parts of east Texas and western Louisiana, were at higher risk, or level 3 out of 5, for severe weather. That includes Houston and Austin. The most remote areas had less risk, according to the prediction center saying.

Precipitation of 3 to 5 inches is expected in parts of the southern Mississippi Valley Tuesday into Wednesday morning, and some areas could see up to 7 inches over the two days. Flood warnings have already been issued for much of the region starting Tuesday morning and continuing into Wednesday evening.

In parts of Mississippi and Louisiana, several rounds of heavy rain expected between Tuesday and Wednesday will likely cause minor to moderate flash flooding and river flooding, the National Weather Service in Jackson said. warned.

In some areas just west of Jackson, up to 10 inches of rain is possible, with the potential to flood roads and structures, the weather service said.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott earlier this week. managed The state’s emergency management division to mobilize emergency response resources ahead of severe weather and urged the thousands of Americans who came to the state to witness Monday’s disaster. solar eclipse Pay attention to weather warnings from officials.

In Burnet County, central Texas, the severe weather forecast caused the early cancellation of a music and arts festival dedicated to the solar eclipse.

“We are all heartbroken. None of us wanted to be in this situation. We came here to see the eclipse from all over the country and the world. We know that all of you have done everything possible to be here. Now we receive forecasts of severe storms,” festival organizers. wrote online, urging attendees to leave the venue on Monday morning, hours before the celestial phenomenon.

Further north, meteorologists in Fort Worth warned Severe storms were possible for much of Tuesday, with a high threat for large hail and strong winds, as well as a moderate threat for tornadoes.

The most significant storm threat could arrive on Wednesday. A moderate threat (or level 4 of 5) for severe storms extends from eastern Louisiana to western Alabama for that day, including Baton Rouge and Jackson, according to the prediction center. saying.

An enhanced severe threat, or level 3 of 5, for Wednesday surrounds the level 4 area and extends from western Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle, including New Orleans and Mobile.

“Numerous widespread severe thunderstorms are likely across portions of the central Gulf Coast states beginning Wednesday morning. These will include the possibility of many tornadoes, some of which should be strong (Caliber EF2-EF3), and wide bands of damaging wind with significant severe gusts built in,” the prediction center warned.

A slight threat, or level 2 of 5, for severe weather extends from eastern Texas to western Georgia, including Birmingham, Montgomery and Huntsville, Alabama. The main threats are isolated tornadoes and damaging winds.

A marginal threat, or level 1 of 5, for severe weather extends from central Texas to western Georgia, Huntsville, Alabama; Tallahassee, Florida; and College Station, Texas.
Damaging wind gusts are the main threat and one or two tornadoes are possible.

Flash flooding risks exist, especially in parts of eastern Mississippi and central and southern Alabama. A moderate threat, or level 3 of 4, of excessive rainfall that could cause flooding to cover that area, the Weather Prediction Center saying. Rain could fall at nearly 2 inches per hour at the I-20/I-59 interchange in Alabama, possibly causing travel headaches.

For Thursday, the severe storm threat moves southeast, while storms also hit the Ohio Valley. Thursday’s flooding threat extends from the southeast into New England, with the most severe conditions anticipated in the Appalachian Mountains.

CNN’s Robert Shackelford contributed to this report.

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