Severe weather – including a tornado in the Atlanta area – continued to roar across the storm-hit south late Monday, a day after multiple tornadoes were reported in Mississippi.
In all, more than 100 million people from New Mexico to Delaware were at risk of some form of severe weather Monday afternoon and evening. Storm Prediction Center He said.
Meteorologists have warned of expecting more severe storms in the southeast of the country on Tuesday. The forecasting center said the states at greatest risk include many Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee.
Tuesday’s storm hazards will include hail, heavy rain, floods, hurricanes, damaging winds and straight winds of up to 75 mph, according to AccuWeather.
Monday morning, a tornado warning was issued for parts of the Atlanta metro area, but it ended after the storm moved through the area.
The National Weather Service said a confirmed EF-1 hurricane has circled the Atlanta area Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Firefighters said the accident dropped trees across the area and killed a man in Douglasville, Georgia, when a tree fell that knocked down power lines in his car.
And in central Georgia, 55-year-old Carla Harris was killed after a tree fell on her Bonaire home, Houston County emergency officials said.
In West Virginia, James Hayden, Jefferson County Communications Supervisor, said a person was injured when a potential tornado struck a timber company Monday evening. He said the injury was minor, and the person was treated at the scene. Hayden said an outdoor wood shed had collapsed.
The hurricane watch remained in effect Monday afternoon for parts of Alabama and Georgia as well as parts of South and North Carolina. “Severe thunderstorms, including isolated tornadoes, can occur in a swath of central Alabama through central and northern Georgia, central and northern South Carolina, and part of North Carolina until Monday evening,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Alex Sosnovsky said.
A separate hurricane watch was also running across Texas and Oklahoma late Monday evening.
The National Weather Service said a tornado warning was issued for parts of the Charlotte, North Carolina metropolitan area on Monday afternoon, but ended after the storm threat passed.
Pictures Retweeted the National Weather Service In Memphis showed many deciduous trees and power lines. Tupelo Middle School has suffered some damage, as have homes and businesses.
There have been multiple reports of damage to homes on Elvis Presley Drive, close to the home the famous singer was born in.
In Tompkinsville, southern Kentucky, a severe storm Monday morning damaged an estimated 30 people. Houses, trees and power lines demolished.
The weather service also said persistent intense thunderstorms and heavy rain could trigger devastating winds, great hail, some tornadoes and flash floods across parts of the Southern Plains into central Mississippi and lower Ohio valleys throughout the day and evening on Monday.
Larger metro areas such as Little Rock, Arkansas; AccuWeather said St. Louis and Indianapolis may be in the crosshairs of these dangerous thunderstorms.
On Sunday afternoon and into the night hours, a series of fierce storms rolled across Mississippi. Late in the day, a “hurricane emergency” was declared in Tupelo and surrounding areas.
“Damages have been reported in the city of Tupelo,” the mayor’s office said in a post on Facebook shortly before 11 pm. “Emergency crews are currently assessing the degree of damage. Please do not get off the car.”
I opened the door and saw the trees flying.
Intense pine scent on Walker Road north of Terry, Mississippi.
Residents believe a hurricane shook the rural community on Sunday night, cutting trees in half and uprooting others, according to a report by the National Weather Service.
Tyler and Taylor McPhail were not at home as the front of the storm touched down at around 7:45 PM and rapidly increased in intensity.
The fierce winds of the storm uprooted an oak tree in their front yard and blew it up over their one-story home, smashing the roof of their living room.
It was the first major storm the two have faced at their home since moving in five years ago.
“We’re so lucky we weren’t at home,” said Tyler.
One mile from McPhail’s home, Claude Jackson was keeping up with the weather on his television Sunday evening when he heard what he initially thought was the cold. He walked to his door and soon learned that his house was being bombed by debris trapped in a strong wind.
“When I opened the door, I saw the trees flying,” he said.
Monday morning, he was assessing the damage. Part of his roof had been uprooted, leaving a clear view of the sky from his bedroom. The front yard is littered with tree branches.
The media also reported on the hurricanes Near central Mississippi earlier in the day. The Weather Service in Jackson, Mississippi, shared several images of funnel clouds across various parts of the state.
In Yazoo County, Director of Emergency Management Jack Wellingham said damage around the county was widespread, but sporadic.
“It was as if (the storm) was kind of jumping,” he said.
Wellingham said about 30 buildings were damaged and at least 10 homes were completely destroyed by the suspected tornado that came across the county. Three mobile homes have also capsized, including one he still lives inside. Wellingham said the boy, who was not identified, was not injured
‘Increased fire weather risk’
In the western part of the country, a storm in Colorado continued to bring heavy snow to the Central Rocky Mountains. The weather service said snow is expected to accumulate up to a foot by Monday night, and winter storm warnings and winter weather guidelines are in effect in northern and central Colorado.
In California, temperatures of 10 to 15 degrees above average can pose a risk of wildfires.
The meteorological agency said that “warm temperatures, low relative humidity, widespread drought conditions and high winds can lead to a high risk of fire in the weather.”
Contribution: Elinor Aspegren and Jorge Ortiz, USA TODAY; Justin Vicore and Keisha Rowe, Mississippi Clarion Ledger; Associated Press