It is expected that the storms rage Tuesday in central United Statesbut the day with highest risk of severe weather will be Wednesday in the deep south, forecasters said.
“Residents in parts of the South that are still faltering from last week’s devastating weather may find themselves in the path of Mother Nature’s wrath again this week,” said AccuWeather meteorologist Mary Gilbert.
More than 23 million people are at risk of some form of severe weather on Tuesday, with the number rising to Wednesday more than 55 millionsaid the Storm Prediction Center. On Thursday, 20 million people could see severe weather.
Wind, hail and tornadoes from Iowa to Texas Tuesday
Tuesday night includes the highest risk area for severe thunderstorms states from Iowa to Texas. The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has warned that parts of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas are all included in a Level 2 out of 5 risk of severe weather.
The major threats will be gusts, heavy hail and the possibility of tornadoesaccording to the National Weather Service.
Dallas, Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Kansas City, Missouri, are some of the cities to watch out for heavy storms on Tuesday.
Wildfires are also possible in the southern plains on Tuesday. “A major wildfire outbreak is likely to occur today in the southern Highlands, where high winds and very dry conditions will promote extremely critical fire,” the National Weather Service warned.
Warning Wednesday in the deep south
For Wednesday, the SPCA has a level 3 of 5 risk of severe weather for Wednesday in parts of the lower Mississippi River Valley. Jackson, Memphis, Birmingham, Baton Rouge and New Orleans can see severe storms and even tornadoes.
“The line will enter the region shortly after noon, reaching the Baton Rouge area around 4 p.m., New Orleans at 7 p.m., Gulfport at 9 p.m., and leaving the area around midnight Wednesday through Thursday morning,” said the National Weather Service (NWS) office. in New Orleans.
” All serious hazards are possible, including significant gusts of more than 75 mph and strong tornadoes (EF2 +), “according to the Center.
The SPCA said the biggest threat to the storm line would be gusts, which sometimes exceed hurricane force, above 74 mph. Cities like Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Jackson, Mississippi; and Tuscaloosa, Alabama, could see severe storms on Wednesday.
Rapid floods will also be a concern on Wednesday and Wednesday evenings, AccuWeather reported, especially as rivers remain fairly high after the latest onslaught of rain and storms.
Lauren Nash, a meteorologist from the National Weather Service in New Orleans, told CNN that they were trying to get the message out to the public to be prepared.
“So what we are trying to do is to tell everyone that every event is different and every event needs to be aware. But those affected, not only by the tornado last week, but also by Ida, they are all in substandard “So just a little extra emphasis should be placed on making sure they are aware of the weather and know where to go if a clock or warning is issued.”