Tornadoes, Snowfalls and Floods: Harsh Weekend Expects Most of US
The most powerful storm system that will affect most of the country this weekend, January 11 and 12, will pose a serious threat with the likelihood of severe storms, tornadoes, ice and snow, as well as floods, writes CNN.
Millions of people in the southeast, midwest, Great Lakes region and northeastern United States can feel the consequences, CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen said. Another storm system will bring heavy snow to the west.
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- About 50 million people are in potential flood zones in parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, New York, and Vermont.
- About 35 million are at risk of winter weather in parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, New York, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine.
- And over 20 million are threatened by strong winds in parts of Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Kentucky and Indiana.
Tornado and devastating winds
According to Hennen, severe weather is forecast on most of the South on Friday and Saturday, including tornadoes, destructive winds and strong hail.
The risk of wind gust damage became most apparent on January 9, prompting the National Meteorological Hurricane Prediction Center to publish a moderate severe weather forecast of 4 out of 5 for areas between Tyler, Texas, and Memphis, Tennessee, including Little Rock, Arkansas. and Shreveport, Louisiana.
On January 10, the Storm Prediction Center announced a tornado warning for a large strip of central and eastern Oklahoma, northwestern Arkansas, and southwestern Missouri.
Residents from the Gulf of Mexico north to Missouri may suffer from severe weather during the day and night of January 10th. According to Hennen, the biggest threat will hang over the cities of East Texas - Dallas and Houston, as well as Shreveportom in Louisiana.
“Tornado storms are expected after dark,” Hennen said.
“A tornado at night is more than twice as deadly than those that happen during the day,” he added.
On Saturday, danger will move to much of the southeast, including New Orleans and Baton Rouge in Louisiana, Birmingham, Montgomery and Mobile in Alabama, as well as Atlanta.
Residents of these regions should “make sure that weather notifications are enabled on the smartphone. Some of these storms will travel at 60 mph (95,5 km / h), and you can only have a few minutes to react, ”said CNN meteorologist Chad Myers.
Snow and icing
The colder areas in the north can feel the effects of a strong snow and ice storm.
Hennen says heavy snow will fall in parts of Illinois, southern Wisconsin, and Michigan as the storm moves east. In some areas, snowfall of 6 inches (15,24 cm) is possible. Upstream snow is also expected in upstate New York and New England.
A dangerous ice storm forms in the Great Lakes region. According to Hennen, in northern Michigan it is expected from 6 to 12 inches (15,24-30,48 cm) of snow. Accumulation of ice can damage trees and power lines.
“Something incredible is happening here!” Said the National Meteorological Service of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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Flood threat from Texas to Michigan
On the morning of January 10, millions of people from Texas to New England were in danger of flooding.
According to forecasts of meteorologists, the total amount of precipitation will be from 3 to 5 inches (7,62-12,7 cm), and in local areas, possibly more.
According to Hennen, a hurricane is expected that will bring heavy snowfall on the heights of the northwestern region of the United States.
The Meteorological Service predicts snowfall of up to 2 feet (0,6 m). The threat in this region includes the danger of avalanches: in Idaho and Montana, warnings have announced this.
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