Tornadoes of different intensity and lengths are expected to hit the southeastern area, and damaging winds and scattered large hail will follow. The result will leave at least 50 million Americans at risk of a severe storm across the South.
According to weather forecasters and scientists, the storms are expected to hit primarily in the afternoon and early evening.
Birmingham, Alabama, saw a powerful tornado strike, and thousands were left without power due to a severe weather outbreak across the South. Over 20,000 customers in Alabama were without electricity.
The National Weather Service has reported that the tornado crossed the state, destroying homes, knocking trees over, and injuring people.
The Storm Prediction Center confirmed that around 50 million people would experience severe weather. Additionally, the National Weather Service said some parts of Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee were most at risk.
We expect dense and long-track tornadoes, widespread destructive winds (at times storm-force), and scattered large hail with these intense thunderstorms. Tornadoes with long tracks often have devastating effects, as they can last for several miles.
A high risk of severe weather has been issued for the second time in the last two weeks in the South by the Storm Prediction Center. AccuWeather said that the last time two high-risk weather systems were occurring in March was 1991, about 30 years ago.
Since then, the center hasn’t reported such a severe weather case, which calls for an immediate intervention by the relevant government bodies.
Memphis and Nashville in Tennessee, and Birmingham and Huntsville in Alabama, are among the significant metropolitan areas that Thursday’s storms will directly impact.
The current severe storm threat prompted Alabama Governor Kay Ivey to declare a state of emergency for 46 counties.
Schools in the southern part of the U.S. closed Thursday or switched to a consolidated virtual learning program due to severe weather that threatened. The COVID-19 vaccination program was also closed on Thursday.
Storms were expected to manifest mainly late afternoon into the evening, and some may stay past dark.
According to Ashlyn Jackson, a meteorologist at the Jackson office of the National Weather Service, it is recommended that residents have several warning systems in place in case of severe weather. She advised that it’s crucial to stay weather-aware whether it is day or night, as the sounds of tornado sirens might not wake you up,
AccuWeather explained that nighttime tornadoes are dangerous since many people may find a storm coming straight to their neighborhood without knowing about it unless they carefully monitor the weather channel.
Along with the severe weather, a flash flood warning was also issued Thursday for portions of northwest Alabama and western Georgia and northern parts of Tennessee and western North Carolina. According to Huntsville’s weather service, the region could receive up to four inches of rain.
Three people have been killed and two others injured following the tornado on Thursday that hit small Alabama communities; a giant supercell will likely create numerous tornadoes in the U.S. south.
Rachel Lott is a Reporter for Chroniclex After graduating from Cuyahoga Community College, Rachel got an internship at USA Evening and worked as a Reporter and Producer. Rachel has also worked as a Reporter for WKYC TV and Fox News Channel. Rachel Covers International Developments.