For the second time in less than a week, San Antonio and its surrounding areas, Texas, bared the brunt of Mother Nature in the form of monster hail, some of it three inches in diameter.
It was part of a severe storm system that also brought with it thunderstorms and some wind gusts. The heaviest hit areas included the Alamo Ranch area on the city far Northwest side and China Grove, about 20 miles East of San Antonio.
Again, the giant hailstones crashed through roofs into living rooms:
According to this great video, a splitting supercell resulted in large hail in San Antonio’s region:
In Texas, this has been an already incredibly busy year for insurance companies.
According to the Insurance Journal ensures a paid nearly $1.7 billion in property and auto claims from the Texas winter storm in February 2021.
Meanwhile across the US
Ongoing cleanup and recovery efforts from severe storms throughout the southern United States were disrupted from a new round of thunderstorms on Tuesday.
The Carolinas to Louisiana and portions of northeastern Texas were on watch into Tuesday night, while robust storms also continued to erupt across parts of the Ohio Valley and central Appalachians.
Storms turned deadly early on Tuesday when a Tennessee woman was killed by a falling tree while sleeping in her bed, as severe thunderstorms moved through Weakley County, located in the northwestern part of the state, reported WKRN.
The worst of the severe weather on Tuesday focused on the Gulf Coast states with a moderate threat for damaging storms in parts of Mississippi and Alabama. Just over 1 million people reside in this area, which includes the city of Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
Thunderstorms started to gather over northern Louisiana and southeastern Arkansas early in the day before eventually coming together into an intense line over Mississippi early Tuesday afternoon.
“This is an EXTREMELY DANGEROUS SITUATION with tornado like wind speeds expected,” the National Weather Service (NWS) office in Jackson, Mississippi, said as the storms approached Mississippi’s capital. “These storms have the potential to cause serious injury and significant property damage.”
“The primary hazard from the storms on Tuesday was the damaging winds,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rossio said. He added that the line of storms created localized straight-line winds as well as a couple of tornadoes.
A 75-mph wind gust was clocked in Philadelphia, Mississippi, located northeast of Jackson, as the storms rushed through with downed trees and power lines reported across the region.
A radar-confirmed tornado tracked dangerously close to Jackson shortly after 2:30 p.m. CDT, but the extent of the damage that it caused is still unclear.
Tens of thousands without power
Power outages began to skyrocket on Tuesday afternoon with more than 100,000 outages across Mississippi alone with additional outages in states including Arkansas, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia. At one point more than 300,000 outages were reported.
People across the Washington, D.C., area hunkered down for a strong storm that passed through the area right around the Tuesday evening commute.
In Van Buren, Arkansas, a tornado-warned storm wreaked havoc on power lines, causing them to spark.
Some roads in Alabama were impassable on Tuesday evening, not only because of downed trees and power lines, but also due to extensive flooding.
The National Weather Service announced a flash flood emergency for the Birmingham, Alabama, metro area late Tuesday afternoon, calling it a “particularly dangerous situation.” The warning encompasses southeastern Jefferson County and northwestern Shelby County in central Alabama.
THIS IS A PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS SITUATION.
BHam, Hoover, Vestavia Hills, Bessemer, Homewood, Mtn Brook, Trussville, Helena, Hueytown, Irondale, Leeds, Fairfield, Pleasant Grove, Tarrant, Midfield and Brighton are all included in the Flash Flood Emergency.
STAY OFF THE ROADS. https://t.co/ulBErcCbY6
— Jefferson County EMA (AL) (@EMAJeffCoAL) May 4, 2021
Around 5 p.m. CDT, emergency management personnel reported thunderstorms produced heavy rain across the warned area that unleashed between 3 and 5 inches of rain.
The NWS in Birmingham reported 3.46 inches of rain had fallen at their office within two hours. Around 5 inches of rain typically falls in Birmingham in the entire month of May.
3.46″ of rain here at the office in the past 2 hours. Lot of flooding around the airport property here. Folks, the heavy rain/flash flooding threat is NO joke. PLEASE stay off the roads if in Jefferson/Shelby Counties. #alwx
— NWS Birmingham (@NWSBirmingham) May 4, 2021
“Lot of flooding around the airport property here. Folks, the heavy rain/flash flooding threat is NO joke. PLEASE stay off the roads if in Jefferson/Shelby Counties,” NWS Birmingham tweeted.
The NWS in Birmingham asked residents to seek higher ground now due to the hazardous, life-threatening flash flooding and thunderstorms. The life-threatening flash flooding particularly targeted low water crossings, small creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses.
Tuesday’s severe weather and damaging storms were a continuation from the weekend and Monday when storms tracked across Texas and Mississippi, including a tornado in Mississippi that prompted a rare tornado emergency for nearly 100,000 people.
Two separate fatalities were reported in Georgia on Monday.
The risk for severe thunderstorms is expected to wane significantly at the middle of the week, as the overall storm system begins to move offshore.
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