Millions of people on the Gulf Coast face more severe weather

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A turbulent storm system barreled through Gulf Coast states on Wednesday, leaving major roads flooded and spawning possible tornadoes.
Multiple severe thunderstorms — which can be breeding grounds for twisters in certain climates — were forecast with Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama facing the highest risks of dangerous weather.
“Widespread severe thunderstorms are expected today across parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle.
“All forms of severe weather will be possible, including tornadoes, some of which may be strong, and widespread damaging wind swaths with embedded significant severe gusts over 75 mph,” the advisory said.
Meteorologists warned that places within the bounds of this advisory would likely see a few tornadoes and widespread wind gusts up to 80 miles per hour.
The bout of severe weather was not expected to let up even after striking the Gulf Coast states during the first half of Wednesday.
That means an atmospheric environment that lends itself to severe wind gusts, and potentially even tornadoes, is set to develop in those regions.
That thunderstorm watch expired at 7 a.m. CDT, and trailed a a barrage of severe weather events in central Texas at the top of the week.


Major roads were inundated and potential tornadoes were sparked by a tumultuous storm system that tore through Gulf Coast states on Wednesday. There were several severe thunderstorms predicted, with Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama at the highest risk of hazardous weather. Severe thunderstorms can serve as breeding grounds for twisters in some climates.

Forecasters alerted the public to the possibility of multiple tornadoes and damaging winds that could reach hurricane force. They claimed that if some of those tornadoes materialize, they might be extremely strong.

Across portions of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle, widespread severe thunderstorms are predicted for today. “We expect widespread damaging winds and tornadoes,” the Storm Prediction Center stated in an advisory that was posted at around six in the morning. me. Wednesday, EDT.

According to the advisory, “all forms of severe weather will be possible, including widespread damaging wind swaths with embedded significant severe gusts over 75 mph and tornadoes, some of which may be strong.”.

In order to be classified as hurricane-force winds on the Saffir-Simpson Scale, sustained winds must reach a minimum of 74 miles per hour. Wind gusts are deemed “very dangerous” by the National Hurricane Center even at that baseline speed, and they can cause some damage to roads, power lines, and buildings.

By Wednesday morning, about 150,000 energy customers were already without power, according to the tracking website PowerOutage . us. By eight in the morning. me. Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas were the states most affected by ET outages.

Mississippi and Louisiana were predicted to have some of the worst weather risks on Wednesday.

A tornado watch that was in effect for more than 4 million people in portions of Louisiana and Mississippi was scheduled to last until 1 p.m. m. The National Weather Service states that CDT. The capital cities of both states, Baton Rouge and Jacksonville, as well as other significant metropolises like New Orleans, are included in the watch area. Meteorologists issued a warning, predicting widespread wind gusts reaching 80 mph and the possibility of a few tornadoes in the areas under their advisory. It was also possible for there to be scattered hail, possibly the size of ping-pong balls.

Before eight in the morning, there was a report of a possible tornado. M. In the panhandle of Louisiana, to the north of Baton Rouge, between the towns of New Roads and Saint Francisville, is the CDT. If the twister did occur, CBS News is investigating to find out more information about it.

Even after the severe weather that had hit the Gulf Coast states during the first part of Wednesday was not predicted to abate. In the afternoon, meteorologists predicted that the storm would move eastward and likely produce “weak destabilization” over Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. This indicates that those areas are expected to experience the development of an atmospheric environment that is conducive to strong wind gusts and possibly even tornadoes.

The storm system blew through Houston and its surroundings before tracking east, putting heavily populated areas of southeast Texas at risk of damaging thunderstorms and possibly tornadoes. More than 7 million people in the area were under a severe thunderstorm watch issued by the weather service overnight, alerting them to the possibility of tornadoes and damaging wind gusts of up to 85 mph. The thunderstorm watch ended at seven in the morning. M. CDT, and followed at the end of the week a flurry of severe weather events in central Texas.

Although no tornadoes were officially reported within the most recent watch area on Wednesday morning, the Port Arthur police chief informed KFDM that a possible tornado had caused damage to several local public buildings, including a church, as well as homes.

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