'Violent' tornadoes, damaging winds possible Wednesday
- Author: Larry Hoffman Apr 09, 2017,
Apr 09, 2017, 9:05
At least two people died in a possible tornado in Louisiana as a severe weather bringing damaging winds and possible flooding is expected to move through the U.S. Southeast on Monday, officials said.
The forecast is more promising through the rest of the week, though high winds Thursday and Friday could make playing conditions challenging.
Hail the size of tennis balls is pelting parts of Alabama ahead of what forecasters say will be waves of severe weather across the Deep South. Power outages are expected due to the storm.
There were 10 reported tornadoes from Saturday to Sunday and lightning, hail and heavy rain in Texas and Louisiana. The storms will bring the risk of large hail, isolated tornadoes and flash flooding. Again, all types of severe weather will be possible, including tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds.
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.
The weather service says severe weather is also possible in southeastern MS and the western Florida Panhandle.
The governor said powerful straight-line winds destroyed the mobile home.
As we head through the remainder of the morning hours, the risk for severe storms will be decreasing as the line of storms track east.
A batch of heavy rain is moving across the WBTV viewing area this afternoon. The public school systems included two of the state's largest in Mobile and Montgomery.
A severe thunderstorm watch was issued for much of Georgia south of Atlanta until 5 p.m. ET, the National Weather Service said on Twitter. Coastal Alabama Community College also said it would be closed and the University of Mobile said it would not open until 6 p.m.
Guy said the severe weather threat also extended over into northern Georgia and SC, where storms would begin hitting from midday through Monday evening.
Another round of severe storms will be possible in Alabama on Wednesday. Expect strong storms to fire after 2 p.m.in the Charlotte Metro with a peak along a squall line front between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Injuries were reported in the area, though little was known about the nature of those injuries. He says tornadoes are likely and there's a strong chance of baseball-sized hail.
The National Weather Service in Mobile said the main concerns are damaging winds of up to 70 miles per hour or more, large hail and isolated tornadoes - some of which could be strong.