Tuesday, 28 January, 2020

Severe storm sweeps south-east USA, killing at least seven

WINTER STORM ON TRACK to bring ice and near blizzard-like conditions WINTER STORM ON TRACK to bring ice and near blizzard-like conditions
Travis Berry | 12 January, 2020, 00:24

In Nacogdoches County, Texas, authorities said one person died when a tree fell on their home, KTRE reported.

The National Weather Service in Birmingham, Alabama, said Saturday via Twitter that three people have been confirmed killed near Carrollton in Pickens County.

The area includes several major Texas cities including Dallas, Houston and Austin. The storms will be moving very fast so flooding is not a concern.

But there could be brief spin-up tornadoes in this time frame, which develop with little to no advance warning, she said. Still, strong thunderstorms will cross the eastern counties between 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. this evening.

The National Weather Service said wind gusts could top 80 miles per hour - the speed of a Category 1 hurricane.

In Oklahoma, multiple tornado warnings were issued Friday. "That's what we're stressing right now".

The Magnolia area is predicted to receive between 1.5-2 inches of rain from the storm system. The threat for rain, hail and tornadoes is expected to go down during this time because linear storms - or a "squaw line" of storms - are typically not as damaging as isolated storms, she said.

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A tornado watch is already in effect through 6 p.m. for most of Oklahoma. However a tornado is also possible.

Texas Governor, Greg Abbott, claimed helicopters, medical and rescue teams had been placed on standby in case they are needed.

I'll keep you updated on any changes.

Everyone will see the line of strong to severe storms move through during the late evening and overnight hours tonight.

Alabama's Governor Kay Ivey said in a statement: "At the state level, we continue to closely monitor this storm system, while making all necessary preparations". "I encourage all Alabamians to do the same, stay weather aware and heed all local warnings". The heaviest rain will be with the line of thunderstorms, but thanks to the relatively thin nature of the line, the rain will slacken off quickly, reducing the threat for flooding.

The Central Gulf Coast, the Lower Mississippi Valley and parts of the Great Lakes may also experience severe thunderstorms, heavy rain and flash flooding.

Much of Western New York is also under a Flood Watch.

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