Southern Storms: Uncommon, excessive threat risk of highly effective tornadoes and extreme storms in elements of the south
The risk of tornadoes and severe storms has been raised to the highest possible level, according to the Storm Prediction Center – 5 out of 5. It’s a rare risk that is applied only once or twice a year on average.The worst storm is likely to extend from parts of the lower Mississippi Valley to the southeast and into the night later Wednesday, with multiple rounds of storm possible for parts of Mississippi and Alabama, according to the center.
More than 11 million people in the region are at higher risk for strong, long-range tornadoes that can stay on the ground longer than typical minutes on Wednesday, CNN meteorologist Michael Guy said. This includes locations from the lower Mississippi Valley to Alabama, including Memphis; Birmingham and Montgomery, Alabama; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Little Rock, Arkansas and Jackson, Mississippi.
Residents living in northwest Louisiana through central Mississippi and far western Alabama are advised to take precautionary measures as the environmental conditions are particularly favorable for dangerous tornadoes.
Storms could be a “life threatening event”.
The National Weather Service in Birmingham, Alabama, warned that “strong to violent tornadoes are expected”. Some areas are at high risk of violent long-range tornadoes, noxious winds over 120 km / h, and hail the size of tennis balls. The Alabama Emergency Management Agency warned the storms could be a “dangerous and life-threatening event”. Alabama Governor Kay Ivey announced the state of emergency and said in a statement Tuesday that she did so “out of caution.”
“Projections show this is likely to be a widespread event, with some of the worst weather conditions expected late Wednesday evening through early Thursday morning,” Ivey said in a statement.
“Please prepare now in case your area is affected in any way. I will continue to monitor the system closely and encourage every Alabamian to do the same,” added the governor.
Other officials also urged residents of the state to prepare.
“Make sure you have multiple options to receive alerts,” wrote the weather service in Mobile on Twitter. “Also have a plan for a safe place in the event a warning is issued. Please DO NOT focus on the exact level of risk. Everyone in the area must be prepared for severe storms!”