Severe weather, including possible tornadoes, continued to threaten parts of the southern United States on Tuesday, after two days of storms caused widespread damage and killed at least two people.
The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center said there was an “enhanced risk” of severe thunderstorms for large stretches of the South, including southern Mississippi and west-central Alabama. There, damaging winds of up to 70 miles per hour and hail up to the size of golf balls were likely into early Tuesday evening, with tornadoes possible, according to the forecast office in Jackson, Miss.
The area was placed under a flash flood watch, with as much as two to four inches of rain within three hours having the potential to flood roads and threaten structures.
An area of Mississippi about 30 miles southwest of Jackson, the state capital, was placed under a tornado warning around 9 a.m. local time, after the Weather Service received reports of an observed tornado.
Video circulating on social media showed what appeared to be a dark funnel cloud southwest of Jackson early Tuesday.
With the potential for storms expected to continue across parts of the South, a tornado watch was issued on Tuesday morning for much of Louisiana, southern Arkansas and parts of western Mississippi until 6 p.m. local time.
Much of central Tennessee was under a severe thunderstorm watch on Tuesday morning, with concerns of wind gusts up to 70 miles per hour and quarter-sized hail. “An isolated tornado or two cannot be ruled out,” meteorologists said.
An area of Tennessee about 80 miles west of Knoxville was placed under a tornado warning around 8:30 a.m. local time after weather radars indicated that a tornado had developed.
There were no immediate reports of damage in Tennessee or Mississippi.
In Georgia, forecasters warned “several rounds of strong to severe storms” could be possible into Tuesday night.
The Weather Service issued a tornado watch on Tuesday morning that it said would remain in effect until 5 p.m. Eastern time for parts of Georgia and Alabama., Forecasters cautioned that tornadoes were possible as well as hail the size of limes and wind gusts up to 70 m.p.h.
The threat of more severe weather comes after two days of the region being battered by storms, which included tornadoes touching down in Mississippi, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina and Texas.
One man died when power lines and a tree fell on his vehicle outside Atlanta, according to the authorities. And a woman in Bonaire, Ga., died when a tree fell onto her home, the Houston County Emergency Management Agency said.
Tens of thousands of people were without power Tuesday morning in Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee and Kentucky, according to PowerOutage.us, a website that tracks loss of service. Cities and towns across the South reported structural damage from tornadoes, high winds and punishing rains, with images and videos on social media showing uprooted trees and damaged buildings.
In Texas, local news outlets reported at least two tornadoes on Monday. Three people were injured, one seriously, when three 18-wheelers flipped and several other vehicles were involved in a crash on Interstate 35 in Waxahachie, a city about 30 miles south of Dallas, according to WFAA, a Dallas news station.
Officials in Ellis County said mobile homes and businesses in and around Waxahachie were badly damaged in Monday night’s storms.
The Weather Service office in Fort Worth said it had deployed crews to survey areas across North Texas, including Waxahachie, where damage had been reported after Monday night’s storms to see if they could confirm that a tornado was responsible.
Todd Little, the Ellis County judge, said at a news conference on Tuesday morning that the possible tornado was likely an EF-2, capable of producing winds of up to 135 m.p.h.
“When you look at the damage, it’s obvious there was a touchdown here last night,” Mr. Little said.
In Blum, Texas, about 65 miles southwest of Dallas, the Weather Service confirmed on Tuesday that a tornado, with winds up to 130 m.p.h., tore through the area on Monday evening.
Images circulating on social media showed a well-defined tornado in the Blum area late Monday, as well as damage that included buildings whose roofs had been torn off.
April was a quiet month for severe weather in the United States, with half of the usual number of severe weather reports, the fewest tornado reports since 2000 and the fourth-fewest tornado watches on record, according to the National Weather Service.
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