National Weather Service warns weather could bring tornadoes
- Author: Larry Hoffman Apr 05, 2017,
Apr 05, 2017, 15:39
The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center in Oklahoma says tornadoes and strong winds are likely Monday from parts of MS extending to SC.
Storms are expected to start early in the morning in the west, and move through the state, ending in the east around mid-afternoon. A person died in SC in a similar scenario, officials said.
Strong storms could still produce tornadoes in the area from southeastern Louisiana into central and southern MS overnight, before moving further east early Monday, CNN Meteorologist Michael Guy said.
Those areas could have a risk of long-track tornadoes, hail up to baseball size and damaging winds.
Storms could last from 4 a.m. until 9 p.m. Wednesday, but the strongest chances for strong tornadoes will come in the early morning hours and then the mid-afternoon to evening hours when heating is most intense.
Tornado warnings spanned Paulding, Carroll and Fulton Counties, and the National Weather Service moved into the counties to see whether they could find any evidence that tornadoes had touched down.
Radar shows that parts of Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Georgia are under the greatest threat today for severe weather.
Two other people died earlier in Louisiana, and a man died Monday in SC after storms swept through the state.
While storms will likely continue to contribute to drought relief, torrential downpours over the recently saturated ground could lead to flash flooding.
Heavy rain, with minor flooding, also can be expected according to the outlook.
The main threat of severe weather with the storm will focus farther to the east by midweek.
On Sunday, a tornado flipped over a mobile home near Lafayette, Louisiana, killing a toddler and her mother. "By the time EMS and law enforcement could get to him he had died from his injuries", Taylor said. At least 15 structures were damaged.
The Midlands is at risk for an outbreak of severe weather today, as the ingredients are coming together for potentially unsafe conditions across the regions.
"They have been identified as Francine Gotch, 38, and her daughter, Nevaeh Alexander, 3", the St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office said in a statement.
Several Midlands school districts canceled all afterschool programs and sporting events for Monday.
A powerful storm system in the southeastern United States that killed four people, including a woman swept away by flood waters while she called 911, put much of the region under a tornado watch on Monday and delayed hundreds of flights.