Major severe weather outbreak expected in South, tornadoes possible

Those areas could see more long-track, strong tornadoes in the next 48 hours.

Later Wednesday, damaging winds, large hail and a few tornadoes will be possible from Dallas into Little Rock, Arkansas, and south to northern Louisiana.

This storm system will move east into the Tennessee River Valley and the Deep South by Thursday, with a significant tornado threat from Memphis, Tennessee, to Birmingham, Alabama, and down to Jackson, Mississippi.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Storm Prediction Center is warning that tornadoes on Thursday could be long-track and strong.

With these storms moving over the same areas already hit, they could produce more flash flooding for the South, where locally another half a foot of rain is possible from Mississippi to Alabama.

Tuesday’s storm brought more than 10 inches of rain to Houma, Louisiana, which is just southwest of New Orleans. Numerous streets were flooded and some vehicles were stalled in floodwater.

Additionally, severe thunderstorms brought damaging winds from Iowa to Mississippi, where winds gusted over 60 mph. This produced damage to buildings, while uprooting trees and power lines.


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