JACKSON: As tornado sirens blared late Tuesday night, residents in many towns across Louisiana were forced to flee their homes. Forecasters also warned that the storm could come. the Strong twisters capable to tracking long distances are a threat the Ground was swept away by severe weather in the Deep South.
As multiple tornado warnings were in effect starting Tuesday afternoon and continuing through Wednesday, there were no immediate reports of any severe damage or injuries. the Evening hours were dominated by heavy thunderstorms that rolled across eastern Texas, Georgia, and as far north as Indiana.
The national weather agency confirmed that tornadoes have struck the Ground in Mississippi on Tuesday night, and Alabama in the Forecast path of the storms during the Overnight hours
There were more than 25,000,000 people at risk the vast storm system. According to the national storm prediction center, affected cities include New Orleans, Memphis, Nashville and Birmingham in Alabama.
The NWS was notified of reports that people were trapped in a Caledonia grocery store, Mississippi, shortly after 6pm. Director of Lowndes County emergency management Cindy Lawrence WTVA-TV the Insiders the Safe delivery to grocery store Lawrence Also, a family found themselves trapped in a house less than a mile (1.66 km) away. the store escaped.
Further reports of property damage in Columbus were also received the According to Lance Perrilloux a forecaster with NWS the agency.
As forecasters stated, heavy rain and hail up to the size of tennis balls were also possible the The weather warning was expected to last into Wednesday.
According to storm damage records, many homes in Hale County were destroyed by a suspected tornado in west Alabama. the National weather service. On Wednesday morning, approximately 29,000 customers were without electricity.
Craig Ceecee is a Mississippi State University meteorologist who looked out at “incredibly black” The sky is blue the Starkville tornado shelter door. As a lightning storm continued outside, he estimated that around 100 people were already inside.
The Oktibbeha County emergency response agency is in operation the Shelter, approximately three miles (5km) from shelter the university’s campus. Ceecee spoke the Multipurpose dome-shaped facility that can withstand 250 mph winds (400 km/h).
Ceecee had created a database of Mississippi tornado shelters before Tuesday’s storm. He stated that several towns have no shelters.
“I’ve had to go through events without (shelters), and trust me, they were scary,” Ceecee spoke.
In the Small town of Tchula in Mississippi, where hail stones were hurled against the Windows of City Hall the Mayor and other residents sheltered during a tornado warning. “It was hitting against the window, and you could tell that it was nice-sized balls of it,” mayor Ann Polk said after the storm passed.
It’s rare that federal forecasters warn of major tornadoes with the potential for carving damages across long distances, as they did in Tuesday’s forecasts. Tornado watches covering much of Louisiana and Mississippi were announced due to “a particularly dangerous situation”, the NWS.
“Supercells are expected to develop this afternoon and track northeastward across much of northeast Louisiana and central Mississippi,” the Weather service “Parameters appear favourable for strong and long-tracked tornadoes this afternoon and early evening.”
The strongest wave of the Storm was expected to pass through Mississippi between 5pm and 8pm, according to forecasts Sarah SicklesJackson’s NWS Forecaster is. the Capital of the State.
“Multiple rounds of severe thunderstorms — some capable of long-tracked tornadoes with EF3+ damage potential — will be possible this afternoon into tonight over parts of the lower Mississippi Valley region and Mid-South,” the According to the Oklahoma-based storm prediction center, Norman.
Tornadoes with an EF3 Rating the The Enhanced Fujita Tornado Scale can produce wind gusts up to 165 mph (266 km/h)
Due to the fact that Tuesday was the end of classes at Mississippi State University’s Starkville main campus, all remaining classes were moved to remote instruction on Tuesday the weather. A game between Mississippi State women’s basketball and the University of Louisiana – Monroe was to be held on campus the The venue was not open to spectators. Alcorn State University the The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg was closing early.
Some Mississippi public schools also close early.
Flood watches were issued in parts of southwest Alabama and southeast Mississippi for areas where rains of 3 to 5 inches (8 to 13 cm) could cause flash flooding. flooding, the National weather service
Heavy snow caused traffic jams in certain parts of the country. the Upper Midwest.
The Minneapolis-St Paul international airport tweeted Tuesday afternoon that its runways were closing due to reduced visibility and fast snowfall. Some inbound planes were seen flying to or from other airports via air traffic websites, such as St CloudMinnesota and Fargo (North Dakota). The National Weather Service reported snowfalls of nearly 4 inches (10 inches) the Ground at the Airport before noon