Millions of people still face severe weather warnings

In Gaza, seven members of the World Central Kitchen charity were killed by Israeli forces, according to confirmation. The victims were traveling in a convoy that had been organized with the Israeli military and bore the charity’s logo.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described the deadly attack on the aid workers as unintended and “tragic” and pledged an independent inquiry.
After the convoy left a warehouse in Deir el-Balah, it was hit while unloading over 100 tonnes of food aid that had been transported by sea to Gaza.
Tuesday saw the suspension of operations in Gaza by a number of humanitarian aid organizations, including WCK.
The organizations stated that they must ascertain if their employees can deliver aid in the area in a safe manner.
To convey its “unequivocal condemnation of the appalling killing” of the WCK workers, the UK called Israel’s ambassador to London.
David Cameron, the British Foreign Secretary, wrote on X, “Israel must urgently explain how this happened and make major changes to ensure safety of aid workers on the ground.”.
During a briefing in Washington, White House spokesperson John Kirby told reporters, “We were outraged to learn of an IDF [Israeli army] strike that killed a number of civilian humanitarian workers yesterday from the World Central Kitchen.”.

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On Tuesday, a series of devastating storms pounded several states, causing damage throughout the Tennessee and Ohio Valleys. Millions of people were under different tornado watches, and severe weather warnings covered a far larger area of the nation, extending from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes.

By mid-afternoon, severe wind gusts and persistent rain had already completely destroyed buildings and forced the closure of major roads while workers cleared fallen trees, power lines, and other debris.

Where was the storm’s epicenter?

Along with a portion of far-eastern Indiana, large portions of Ohio and Kentucky were facing the gravest dangers. About 12 p.m., the Storm Prediction Center released its most recent severe weather outlook, which placed threats in certain parts of those states at Level 4, out of five. m. CDT. On that scale, “moderate” is equivalent to level 4. Major cities like Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, Lexington, and Louisville were among those in southern Ohio and Kentucky that were alerted to the impending danger.

Parts of central Kentucky and Tennessee, including Nashville and its environs, were also under a tornado watch. Their expiration time is 3 p.m. m. Nevertheless, through the evening, strong “and potentially long-track tornadoes are possible from Indiana and Ohio southward into the Mid South,” according to meteorologists’ warning.

The Storm Prediction Center states that “a threat for strong tornadoes may focus this evening into tonight across parts of Alabama and Georgia.”.

Up till 6 p.m., there was a separate watch for tornadoes. M. For portions of western Kentucky, southern Illinois, southwestern Indiana, and southeastern Missouri on Tuesday, the time zone is CDT. A tornado watch is in place until two in the morning. me. EDT in some areas of eastern and central Tennessee. The AP stated that an electric substation was struck by lightning on Tuesday morning, leaving about 40,000 homes and businesses without electricity. The single substation’s impact on two additional stations resulted in the power outage.

Overall, forecasts indicated that during Tuesday, an outbreak of severe thunderstorms could affect parts of each of those states as well as northeastern Mississippi, southeastern Illinois, and southwest Virginia. They noted that damaging winds, which could reach hurricane force, and scattered hail, which could reach baseball size in some areas, were among the main threats.

The AP said that in certain counties, trees were strewn across roads, lawns, and cars, and that bricks littered the roadways in Charleston, West Virginia, stopping traffic. Gov. Jim Justice issued an order to “exercise extreme caution” and declared a state of emergency for the counties of Fayette, Kanawha, Lincoln, and Nicholas. ****.

While storms swept through the region, Kentucky Gov. also declared a state of emergency in that state. In a statement made available to the AP, Andy Beshear stated: “Fortunately, as of right now, we are not aware of any fatalities. We have reports of substantial damage to a number of structures.”. “.

What distinguishes tornado watches from warnings?

When a wind hits 74 miles per hour or more, it is classified as “hurricane-force” on the Saffir-Simpson Scale. Tornadoes are a possible result of any thunderstorm, but they require specific atmospheric conditions to be unstable. When a combination of atmospheric factors and severe weather events indicate that a tornado formation is possible in the area, meteorologists will issue a tornado watch. However, this does not guarantee that a tornado will form.

When a tornado warning is issued, it indicates that there is an immediate risk to life and property due to the tornado being sighted or indicated by weather radar. If a warning is issued, the National Weather Service advises anyone who is outside or traveling to seek shelter to avoid flying debris. This should be done by moving to an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building.

pictures of the tornado-related storm damage.

In Kentucky, trees had already been uprooted by strong storms by Tuesday noon. A video showing some of the damage, including big branches, trunks, and other debris strewn over an intersection in a residential area of Lexington, was shared by CBS affiliate WKYT. Authorities in another nearby city, Nicholasville, stated they were looking into “a significant weather event” that had an effect on an industrial area. Pictures circulated on social media seemed to depict at least one building that had been partially destroyed following the incident.

A Nicholasville Police Department spokesman told CBS News in a statement, “We have responded to a significant weather event.”. “No injuries have been reported.”. “.”.

Vid footage showed strong gusts of wind picking up debris in the city of Charleston as a series of vicious storms tore through parts of West Virginia on Tuesday. Tuesday morning, a tornado was detected in the Charleston area by radar, according to the National Weather Service. Forecasters predicted that as the system moved closer to Virginia, the intensity of those storms would lessen.

As it moved further east, the violent storm system tore through other regions of the nation. Earlier, on Monday night, flooding in Tulsa, Oklahoma, carried away a 46-year-old woman. Crews were still looking for her Tuesday morning, according to Andy Little, the Tulsa Fire Department’s public information officer, who spoke with CBS News.

Have the powerful storms passed?

Forecasters said that there is “a slight risk” that areas along a significant portion of the East Coast and slightly inland could be struck by powerful and severe storms on Wednesday, with an eye toward the remainder of the week. Those storms have the potential to bring hail, strong winds, and one or two tornadoes to areas in the risk area, which stretches from Florida to the Chesapeake Bay.

On Wednesday, sleet and rain are expected to affect eastern Massachusetts during the day, and by night, sleet and possibly snow accumulation is predicted. Wet snow will fall at higher elevations in central and western Massachusetts.

The flood watch for Pittsburgh is in effect through Wednesday morning. Heavy winds, hail, and high winds that could harm electrical equipment and cause blackouts are what electric companies are bracing for.

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