Tornado Watch was issued as millions in the South brace for severe weather

Tornado Watch was issued as millions in the South brace for severe weather

Jackson, Miss. – An extremely dangerous weather threat is shaping up across the South and along the Gulf Coast as conditions remain favorable for the development of thunderstorms that will be capable of producing powerful tornadoes (EF-2 or higher), damaging wind gusts and large hail – not only during the day on Monday but also continuing into Monday night and early Tuesday morning.

Because of the threat, a Tornado Watch has been issued until 8 p.m. CST for more than 1.4 million people in parts of Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas.

The watch includes cities such as Monticello and El Dorado in Arkansas; Monroe, Alexandria and Lake Charles in Louisiana; and Jasper and Silsbee in Texas.

This comes after strong storms appeared in the Plains on Sunday, with multiple reports of tornadoes in parts of Kansas and Texas, while golf ball-sized hail was reported in several other states.

The National Weather Service office in Dodge City, Kansas, confirmed that a low-level EF-1 tornado with 90 mph winds touched down near Garden City on Sunday. A video recorded by Jerry Penner showed debris flying through the air during the tornado as he drove on U.S. Highway 83.

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“There’s a tornado in Garden City right now,” he can be heard saying in the video. “I think we’re in the middle of it.”

No injuries were reported as a result of the storm.

Additionally, the tornado was believed to have been responsible for damaging the roof of a hospital and a barn near the town of Perryton, in the Texas Panhandle.

The severe weather threat in the South is part of a massive system currently dumping heavy snow across the central and northern United States, prompting forecasters to issue blizzard warnings in parts of five states, as well as cities like Minneapolis receiving record numbers. snow.

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The environment becomes unstable on Monday

A line of strong thunderstorms was racing across the southern Plains and into the lower Mississippi Valley early Monday afternoon, but storms mostly remained below severe boundaries.

However, the FOX Forecast Center said low-level winds just above the surface will intensify during the afternoon and allow moisture to pass into the area.

This increase in humidity, combined with daytime heating, will make the environment unstable, which is a sign that storm coverage will begin to increase.

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24 million people from Houston to Birmingham face the risk of severe weather on Monday

More than 24 million people from Texas to Alabama — including Houston, Texas, Memphis, Tennessee, and Birmingham, Alabama — are at risk for severe thunderstorms on Monday, but the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Storm Prediction Center highlighted areas in the Valley. Lower and Deep Mississippi. The south is where the risk is much higher.

Cities such as New Orleans, Shreveport and Baton Rouge in Louisiana, as well as Mobile in Alabama, currently fall under a level 2 of 5 risk on the SPC’s 5-point severe thunderstorm risk scale.

Within that region, the SPC placed parts of eastern Louisiana, southeastern Arkansas and central Mississippi under a Level 3 of 5 severe weather threat. This area has more than 2 million people and includes Jackson, Meridian, Greenville, and Rolling Fork in Mississippi, as well as Alexandria in Louisiana.

The city of Rolling Fork on Sunday marked the one-year anniversary of a deadly EF-4 tornado that tore through the community, killing 21 people during a severe weather outbreak.

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Strong tornadoes are possible across Louisiana, Mississippi

The FOX Forecast Center said damaging wind gusts will be the main severe weather threat as the line of squalls moves into a more favorable environment, but the risk of a tornado will be present.

Any hurricane that develops will likely be within the main line of storms as it continues to move eastward.

Due to the fact that there is a high level of wind shear — the change in wind speed and/or direction with height — some strong tornadoes (EF-2 or higher) are likely starting Monday afternoon as storms begin to move through Louisiana and Mississippi.

What will make the situation even more dangerous is that when the sun sets, the threat of severe weather will continue into the night.

Nighttime tornadoes are likely to become more deadly than daytime tornadoes

The Fox Forecast Center said storms will likely continue after dark, and the threat of severe weather will continue along the Gulf Coast and in the South.

The threat of tornadoes will subside early Tuesday morning.

The weather will likely be more severe on Tuesday

The severe weather threat will move into southern Alabama and the Florida Panhandle on Tuesday.

The SPC placed about 1.2 million people at threat level 2 out of 5 in southern Alabama and eastern Florida, and this includes Mobile in Alabama and Pensacola in Florida.

Large hailstones and some tornadoes are possible during any severe thunderstorms that develop.

Along with the threat of severe weather, flash flooding will also be a concern due to the already saturated ground and additional heavy rain that is expected to fall.

Rainfall rates of 1-2 inches per hour are possible, creating a threat of flash flooding across the South and Southeast until the storm moves away from the East Coast by Wednesday, the FOX Forecast Center said.

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