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Major tornadoes hit southern parts of US

February 24, 2016 12:36 PM |

lighting-and-tornado-stormA major outbreak of tornadoes has started to unfold across the southern US and is likely to continue into Wednesday. The region as far north as the Mid-Atlantic will experience severe weather by Wednesday evening.

The same storm system will bring heavy and disruptive snow across the Midwest and heavy rain across dozens of states in the northeast. The states include Florida, Mississippi, and Alabama.

The first of the severe thunderstorms was reported over central Texas and there were few incidents of large hail and gusty winds on Monday night. This type of weather activity will intensify on Tuesday night. Following these severe thunderstorms and possibly a couple of tornadoes near the Texas coast on Tuesday night, the situation will become more dangerous across much of the central Gulf Coast States.

The region from Louisiana to western Georgia and the Florida Panhandle is likely to experience not only severe weather but, also a number of tornado touchdowns. Some of the tornadoes will be very strong and last for more than a few minutes. This tornado threat along with gusty winds and large hail will stretch into the night which will add to the danger. This severe weather will extend upto much of the Atlantic coast on Wednesday morning. The biggest threat from these storms will be in the form of damaging winds, hail and flash flooding. This weather system will reach as far north as Washington DC and Baltimore on Wednesday evening.

Further northeastwards, a spell of drenching rain accompanied by strong gusty winds will affect the coastline on Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

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