Monday, March 27, 2017

Severe weather to rattle Tennessee Valley into Monday night

By Faith Eherts, AccuWeather meteorologist
March 27,2017, 7:51:53PM,EDT
 Severe thunderstorms will continue to pound parts of the Tennessee Valley through Monday evening.
“Thunderstorms will continue to develop from western Kentucky to northern Mississippi on Monday afternoon, and then move eastward into the night,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Brian Thompson.
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“Damaging winds, hail and flooding downpours will be the main threats from these storms,” Thompson said. However, another isolated tornado can touch down as well.
At 2 p.m. CDT, law enforcement confirmed that a tornado was located near Theo, Mississippi, tracking to the northeast into Tennessee.
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This photo shows the tornado that touched down near Theo, Mississippi on Monday afternoon. (Photo/Twitter user @5stormchasers)

Strong winds and large hail could result from any storm, potentially causing power outages and property damage.
Hail in excess of the size of quarters has already been reported in many areas from Mississippi and Alabama northward into Kentucky.

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“The thunderstorms will weaken as they move eastward into eastern Kentucky and Tennessee later Monday night,” Thompson said.
"The storm will then trigger showers and thunderstorms in the mid-Atlantic and Carolinas on Tuesday," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski said.
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"The majority of the thunderstorms will only disrupt outdoor activities by forcing people indoors due to the threat of lightning," she said. "However, a very isolated numbers of storms will produce hail and strong winds from Washington, D.C., to Raleigh and Fayetteville, North Carolina."
Meanwhile, attention will turn toward a renewed risk for severe weather across the southern Plains on Tuesday.
"This severe weather event threatens to target the central Gulf Coast states and western Tennessee Valley Wednesday into Thursday," Pydynowski said.

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