Storms moving through the South bring strong tornadoes, heavy rain

Severe Weather

ATLANTA (NEXSTAR) — Storms dumped as much as 6 inches of rain on Mississippi and Alabama ahead of weather that is bringing tornadoes across a large part of the South.

The downpours caused isolated flooding in west Alabama on Tuesday. The Storm Prediction Center says large hail and intense twisters are possible across the region Wednesday.

“Widespread severe storms capable of producing tornadoes (several of which may be intense), very large hail and intense damaging wind gusts are expected. More than one round of severe storms are possible across parts of Mississippi into Alabama during the afternoon into the overnight hours,” said the center in an update.

According to one of KETK’s Nexstar sister stations, WIAT-TV in Birmingham, a widespread severe weather outbreak was taking place across Alabama Wednesday afternoon.

Supercell storms were producing tornadoes, and the threat is expected to continue into the night followed by improving conditions Thursday morning.

Station meteorologists were warning residents in the region to take cover.

The University of Alabama suspended normal operations due to the threat of severe weather in the area.

Campus storm shelters opened for all students, faculty and staff, including those who live off campus, the station reported.

More than 6 million people live in an area stretching from eastern Arkansas to eastern Alabama that forecasters say is most at risk for violent weather.

A volatile airmass will build across much of Alabama, Southern Tennessee, Mississippi, and Eastern Arkansas, according to WHNT. The atmosphere will de-stabilize, meaning the air is primed to fuel thunderstorms. A tremendous amount of helicity (spin storms can use to rotate) will be in place to support rotating storms called supercells.

Some Alabama school systems canceled classes or planned online sessions because of the threat.

If you’re traveling in the region Wednesday, know where you are at all times and have a way to get weather warnings.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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April 29 2021 07:00 pm

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