A storm system moved out of Oklahoma and Texas — where more than 36,000 people were without power early Tuesday morning, according to PowerOutages.us — and into the Lower Ohio Valley and Tennessee area. The evening brought diminished downpours and wind gusts, but daybreak threatens to bring severe weather again.
Large hail, damaging wind gusts and tornadoes are forecast to impact the areas from the Ohio River Valley down to the Gulf Coast.
As the day progresses, the heat and humidity that accompanies the month of May in the Deep South will help to reinvigorate the atmosphere and areas along the Gulf Coast from East Texas to the Florida Panhandle could see strong to severe storms pop up until the arrival of the severe gusts that come with the advancing front.
Areas from Central Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi are more likely to see impacts from hail and damaging straight-line winds rather than tornadoes. But tornadoes are still possible.
These can be just as damaging to a region already reeling from storms hitting the state over the past few days.
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On Sunday, tornadoes struck at least three Mississippi cities. On Monday, tornado and thunderstorm watches stretched from Mississippi to South-Central North Carolina.
Just over 90 million people could experience severe weather Tuesday. Close to 28 million in the Southeast could face the wrath of rain, lightning, hail, wind and possible tornadoes.
Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and central Tennessee will be the states to watch as the day progresses, as they face the greatest risk of tornadic activity through the evening.
Georgia weather turns deadly
The region is still reeling from weather that killed two people in Georgia.
A Houston County resident died as a result of the weather that struck Monday, the Houston County Emergency Management Agency said in a news release. The 55-year-old woman was killed by a falling tree.
“When Fire Department crews arrived, they found a large pine tree had fallen into the living room area of the home causing substantial damage to the roof and outer walls. Tragically crews also discovered that Mrs. Carla Harris, 55, was struck by the falling tree and sustained fatal injuries,” according to the news release from the Houston County Emergency Management Agency.
More than 100 miles away, a man in Douglassville, Georgia, was also killed after a tree fell on his car as a tornado touched down Monday.
The Douglas County Fire Department responded to reports of a tree on a car with a person inside around 10:36 a.m., according to a news release from county officials.
“When they arrived on the scene, they discovered the driver trapped inside the vehicle with power lines and a tree on the vehicle,” Douglas County communications director Rick Martin said in the release. “Firefighters had to extricate the driver who we are only identifying as a male at this time until next of kin are notified.”
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms tweeted photos of downed trees in her neighborhood in Southwest Atlanta, while Dru Ghegan, the owner of Bonded Service Warehouse in Fulton County, shared photos that show the building suffered significant damage.
Days of rain could mean flash flooding
Many states across the Southeast have seen double their normal rainfall over the last month, so even 1 to 2 inches of additional rain could lead to flash flooding.
Flash flooding will be possible across the South thanks to the combination of heavy rainfall and all the rain that has fallen in recent days and weeks. A widespread 1-3 inches of rain is forecast across this region into Tuesday night.
“Large hail, damaging wind gusts and a few tornadoes will be likely along with rainfall rates in excess of an inch per hour,” said the National Weather Service office in Jackson, Mississippi.
Rounds of thunderstorms and rain showers will traverse across the Ohio and Tennessee River Valleys throughout the day Tuesday. Farther south, scattered storms will likely develop midday from eastern Texas through Georgia.
This line of storms should weaken by Wednesday morning as it approaches the East Coast, but isolated severe weather will remain possible.
CNN’s Jackson Dill, Haley Brink, Joe Sutton, Hollie Silverman and Amir Vera contributed to this report.
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