A robust spring storm system, which has been blamed for at least one death and left a trail of destruction in Texas, was expected to sweep across parts of the Deep South on Tuesday, bringing with it unsettled weather and a risk of tornadoes.
About 3.2 million people in southern Louisiana, southern Mississippi and the western edge of Alabama were at moderate risk of severe weather on Tuesday National Weather Service Storm Forecasting Center.
Up to five inches of rain was forecast in the region through Tuesday night, with higher amounts possible in some areas. said meteorologists. The system rolling through the region could create tornadoes, hailstones nearly the size of golf balls and damaging winds of up to 70 miles per hour.
A flurry of weather warnings blanketed the Central Plains and Deep South Tuesday morning. A tornado watch was issued for Tuesday large parts of Mississippi and Louisiana, including New Orleans. A flood watch stretched from east Texas to the western edge of Tennessee.
A wind warning covered most of Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi, as well as parts of Arkansas and Tennessee.
Forecasters in Louisiana warned residents Monday night that it was time to prepare for the possibility of tornadoes sweeping the region.
“There is no safe haven inside an RV during a tornado,” according to the New Orleans Weather Service said on Twitter. “Seek shelter in a provided space within your mobile home community, or seek shelter with friends or family who live nearby in a house or apartment. The last resort is to lie low and flat on the floor.”
As the storms moved east, some state offices in Louisiana were closed Tuesday, according to Gov. John Bel Edwards said on Twitter. school districts across the country also adjusted their schedules, many of them close for the day or close early in anticipation of severe weather. Similar school closures were announced in Mississippi.
“Today will be windy with widespread rain, including severe thunderstorms that can damage gusts, large hail and tornadoes,” Jackson Weather Service, Miss.‘ he said on Twitter. “Be careful!”
This was announced by the University of Alabama on Tuesday Suspended normal operation from 1 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Wednesday. It warned of an increased chance of “supercell thunderstorms or tornadoes” as well as heavy rainfall that could cause flooding.
The system is expected to be less widespread and less intense as it moves across the eastern United States on Wednesday, meteorologists said.
Storms swept through Texas on Monday, where a 73-year-old woman was killed when a tornado destroyed her home in Sherwood Shores, a lakeside community in Grayson County near the Oklahoma border, authorities said.
Sarah Somers, the county’s emergency management director, said in an email Tuesday that 10 other people were injured during the tornado and were being treated in hospitals.
Multiple tornadoes were reported in central Texas late Monday afternoon, including Round Rock, about 20 miles north of Austin, where a Video which was shared widely on social media showed people seeking cover inside a Walmart as a tornado funnel lashed debris in the store’s parking lot.
A storm chaser was captured in Elgin, Texas, a suburb of Austin Video material by a red pickup truck being thrown on its side by a tornado before righting itself and driving away.