Tupelo, miss, was hit hard by tornadoes that covered trees and tore homes and businesses.
The threat zone for strong thunderstorms and tornadoes on Tuesday covered more than 1,000 miles from the lower Mississippi Valley and southeast to the upper Ohio Valley, AccuWeather reported.
Large parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee, as well as corners of Arkansas and Georgia, are at increased risk for the worst weather, according to the Storm Forecast Center. This area is home to more than 11 million people and includes the cities of Nashville; Birmingham, Alabama; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and Jackson, Mississippi, forecasters said.
“Threats from these storms will include flooding, hail, noxious gusts of wind and several tornadoes,” said AccuWeather senior meteorologist Tyler Royce.
A tornado clock was issued Tuesday morning by the National Weather Service for parts of Mississippi and Alabama.
Storms could include wind gusts of up to 70 miles per hour and hail to the size of golf balls, forecasters said, noting that “tornadoes are likely Tuesday through Tuesday night” in some parts of Mississippi.
Heavy storms moved to parts of Tennessee, starting around sunrise on Tuesday morning, bringing heavy rain and triggering a tornado and warnings of a strong thunderstorm. A woman died when a tree fell on her home as storms raged across the state on Tuesday, Weckley County Emergency Management Director Ray Wigington told WKRN-TV. He said at least six mobile homes were damaged by the falling tree around 4am
Tuesday’s risk follows severe weather, which moved south through Sunday and Monday, damaging homes and uprooting trees from the Mississippi to West Virginia.
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A tornado spotted in Atlanta on Monday forced thousands to seek shelter, and a man was killed when a falling tree brought power lines to his car. The driver was pronounced dead after firefighters cut him off the vehicle in Douglasville, Georgia, west of Atlanta.
In mid-Georgia, Carla Harris, 55, was killed Monday after a tree fell on her home in Bonaire, Houston County emergency officials said.
In Mississippi, forecasters confirmed 12 tornadoes Sunday night and night, including a 30-mile twist on Yazoo City and another tornado moving through the suburbs of Bajram and Terry south of Jackson, causing damage with a width of 1,000 yards.
At least one tornado hit the storms Monday night, causing widespread damage in western Arkansas.
The tornado reportedly reached the Roland area, according to meteorologist Tyler Snyder. It is possible that the tornado also touched Van Buren based on the signatures of NWS radars in the area.
At least one tornado was reported in South Carolina on Monday afternoon in Abeville County. No injuries were reported. In Greenwood, fallen trees and power lines were reported while a vehicle was blown up and the warehouse building was badly damaged. Hail the size of a golf ball has been reported in several places.
A possible tornado on Monday morning knocked down trees and power lines in southern Kentucky, according to the meteorological service.
Preliminary results from a meteorological service study conclude that the storm in Kentucky was an EF-1 tornado at a speed of 90 miles per hour, with the most damage occurring in Tompkinsville, meteorologist for the meteorological service Cliff Goff said on Monday afternoon.
In West Virginia, Jefferson County Communications Superintendent James Hayden said one man was injured when a possible tornado was touched at a lumber company Monday night.
Surveyors of the meteorological services confirmed a tornado west of Atlanta near the place where the driver died. The twister was determined to have peak winds of 90 miles per hour with a trail that ran 1.5 miles. At least 10 homes had trees on them.
The same thunderstorm sent thousands of people to shelter in the more central parts of Atlanta and may have produced at least one more tornado southwest of downtown. Possible tornado damage has also been reported in the area around Athens.
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