Severe storms, tornadoes to hit from Oklahoma to South


Severe storms, tornadoes to hit from Oklahoma to South

  • Widespread severe thunderstorms with damaging winds and tornadoes are expected across the South.
  • Heavy rain and flooding are possible from the Plains to the Mississippi and Ohio Valleys.
  • Heavy snow and ice will lead to dangerous travel from the Plains to New England.

A large, powerhouse storm is poised to deliver a variety of nasty weather to the central, southern and eastern U.S. starting Friday, which will last into the weekend.

Widespread severe thunderstorms with damaging winds and tornadoes are expected across the South on Friday and Saturday, while heavy rain and flooding are possible from the Plains to the Mississippi and Ohio valleys. 

Meanwhile, heavy snow and ice will lead to dangerous travel from the Plains to New England.

Tornadoes and flooding

The Storm Prediction Center said more than 20 million people in Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma will be at an enhanced risk of storms Friday that could include strong tornadoes and flooding rains. The area includes several major Texas cities including Dallas, Houston and Austin.

In a briefing early Friday, the National Weather Service said the storms could bring wind gusts of up to 80 mph or faster, the speed of a Category 1 hurricane.

In Dallas, the city’s Office of Emergency Management asked residents to bring in pets, outdoor furniture, grills “and anything else that could be caught up in high winds to reduce the risk of flying debris.”

Matt Hemingway, a weather service meteorologist in Shreveport, Louisiana, said “we could see some very strong tornadoes – possibly those that may stay on the ground for some time – not just the brief spin-up tornadoes.”

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