By Renee Duff, AccuWeather meteorologist
April 30,2017, 4:26:31PM,EDT
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Severe thunderstorms capable of causing property damage and flooding will continue to target communities from the southeastern United States to the Ohio Valley into Sunday night.
A storm will finally make eastward progress early this week after dumping flooding rainfall and triggering damaging thunderstorms for several days over the Central states.
The storm was responsible for the deadly tornadoes that tore through northeastern Texas late on Saturday.
Into Sunday evening, the most intense thunderstorms will continue to advance across Alabama and into northwestern Georgia. Severe thunderstorms will also erupt across Tennessee during this time.
“With plenty of heat and humidity to tap into, these storms will be capable of producing damaging winds and hail as well as a few tornadoes,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Faith Eherts said.
Tornadoes have already caused damage in central Mississippi on Sunday morning, including in the Natchez area.
Thunderstorms halted play at the PGA's Zurich Classic of New Orleans for six hours.
The danger of severe weather will expand northward into Sunday night.
“While the threat for hail and tornadoes will extend through Alabama and Tennessee this evening, storms rolling through Indiana and Kentucky are expected to be mainly heavy and gusty with pockets of damaging winds,” Eherts said.
Strong winds not far above the ground could be brought down to the surface during any of the thunderstorms, potentially resulting in power outages and tree damage.
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Residents in Evansville, Indiana; and Louisville, Kentucky, may be kept awake by the potent thunderstorms on Sunday night.
The strong thunderstorms should remain south of downtown Chicago overnight. However, another thorough soaking with embedded thunderstorms is in store after the city picked up nearly 2 inches of rain on Saturday.
“It will be important for residents to keep up to date on local watches and warnings through the night, keeping in mind that access to a storm shelter may become necessary,” Eherts said.
Those who live in flood-prone areas or downstream of rivers that continue to rise after the deluge will need to monitor water levels and be prepared to evacuate in a moment's notice.
Heading into the first day of May, the thunderstorms will march eastward toward the central and southern Appalachians.
While the severe weather danger from Sunday will wane by daybreak Monday, thunderstorms could turn severe from Pittsburgh and Erie, Pennsylvania, to Buffalo, New York, and Toronto, Canada, on Monday afternoon.