- Great lightning is expected to occur in the South Sunday to Monday morning.
- Strong tornadoes, destructive hurricanes, and massive hail are threats.
- Flash floods are also a serious problem.
A severe storm outbreak will hit Southern Sunday to Monday morning with the possibility of strong tornadoes, strong winds and massive hail. There is also a serious threat of flash floods in several areas.
A group of rain and thunderstorms pushed east through parts of Mississippi and Alabama this morning. There are no bad weather watches at this time.
The biggest opportunities of bad weather exist today and tonight from east-central Texas to northern and southern Louisiana and central Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia. This is an area where NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center has issued a moderate risk, which is the second highest severe threat category.
Supercell storm maybe before a large group of storms, also known as a mesoscale convective system, eventually developing and sweeping eastward with destructive storms and hail. Several tornadoes are expected, both produced by supercells and embedded in a squall line severe storm.
Some strong tornadoes may occur Sunday afternoon into the night from northern Louisiana to central and southern Mississippi, central and southern Alabama, southern Georgia, and southern South Carolina.
In addition, there is a high level of threat from destructive gusts of wind that spread widely from southern Alabama to southern Georgia. This is an area where the storm line is expected to develop in the afternoon and evening.
Severe threats will mostly end at midday Monday, with the exception of several severe isolated storms that may linger Monday mornings in eastern Carolina and eastern Georgia.
Strong winds that blow are possible and isolated tornadoes cannot be ruled out.
Most Southern regions can expect rainfall of 1 to 3 inches until Monday. The central sections of Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia can hold more than 3 inches of rainfall.
Locally higher totals are possible where there are recurring thunderstorms or when storms move more slowly.
That the land is saturated in most areas given recent rainfall. This increases the chance of flash flooding.
The NOAA Weather Prediction Center issues moderate risks – their second highest risk category – for excessive rain on Sunday and Sunday nights from central Mississippi to South Carolina.
A short break from the storm was anticipated earlier this week in the South before another system moved to the Plains. This next system is also likely to bring violent storms to some parts of the Plain and South, maybe on Tuesday in some areas.
(MAPS: U.S. Daily Forecast Next 7 Days)
Severe threats over the next few days are not unusual for this year, because March and April are the peak times for tornadoes on Dixie Alley.
Severe Weather and Corona Virus: Do I Shelter?
If you do not have a safe place to seek protection from storms, should you find a public shelter at the age of COVID-19?
Simple answer: yes.
However, protection may be more difficult over the next few months.
“Don’t let the virus prevent you from seeking protection from a tornado,” said the American Meteorological Society statement issued on April 9. “If a public tornado shelter is your best shelter from bad weather, take steps to ensure you follow the CDC guidelines to maintain physical distance and prevent disease.”
But you need to know where to go and IF you can go to a shelter BEFORE the storm threatens.
“Most government entities use schools … You can only get so many people in those schools,” Steven Still, director of emergency management in New Hanover County, North Carolina, told weather.com.
Of course, many schools are closed during this pandemic, so your normal place of residence may not be open. And sanctuaries that are open may not receive many people.
In all cases, if you are in a mobile home, really find different shelter options.
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