After Texas giant hail, now a destructive tornado outbreak in the South… And more to come!
Severe weather – including a possible tornado in the Atlanta area – continued to roar across the storm-battered South on Monday, a day after multiple twisters were reported in Mississippi.
In all, more than 100 million people from New Mexico to Delaware were at risk of some form of severe weather Monday afternoon and evening, the Storm Prediction Center said.
Emergency: 23 tornadoes in 24 hours
A total of 23 reported tornadoes have struck across 4 states — 18 of them in Mississippi, one in Louisiana, two in Nebraska and one in Colorado.
A rare tornado emergency was issued overnight for Tupelo, Mississippi, where the most damage is reported this morning.
“Damage has been reported in the City of Tupelo. Emergency crews are currently assessing the degree of damage,” the City of Tupelo Mayor’s Office said in a statement released late on Sunday night.
“Please do not get out and drive. It is dangerous. There are reports that power lines are down in the roads. We will update you as soon as we know the extent of damage. Prayers that all are safe, and please keep our crews and first responders in your prayers also.”
If you are in the city, seek shelter now! If you know someone in the metro, call them now and tell them to head underground.
This tornado is lofting debris and is on the ground. pic.twitter.com/QEmpGZ3ypx
— Matthew Cappucci (@MatthewCappucci) May 3, 2021
Elsewhere, there was a total of 84 damaging storm reports including damaging winds and large hail from Colorado to Wisconsin with severe winds as high as 93 mph in Colorado.
A new storm on Monday
Later on Monday, a new storm is coming out of the Rockies and will bring a new severe weather threat from the Plains to the Midwest and from Texas to Ohio.
Damaging winds and large hail will be the biggest threat but a few tornadoes could be possible from Oklahoma to Arkansas, western Kentucky, southern Illinois and up into Indiana.
More severe storms were expected across the Southeast on Tuesday, forecasters warned. States at greatest risk included much of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee, the Prediction Center said.
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