There will be no rest for the storm-battered South as forecasters say another round of severe weather looms at the end of the weekend.
Communities across the South continue to clean up from the most violent outbreak of severe weather yet this year which occurred during Easter weekend. Recovery and relief efforts across the region have faced complications due to the coronavirus pandemic.
A storm system encountering warm, humid air from the Gulf of Mexico will bring another round of heavy rainfall and severe weather from Texas through the Southeast Sunday into Monday morning.
80 mph in the most severe thunderstorms. Such gusts can turn debris lingering on the ground from the Easter weekend outbreak into dangerous projectiles and cause damage and power outages in other communities.
The thunderstorms could also spell trouble for tents and canopies set up at outdoor triage and testing centers for COVID-19.
In addition to the damaging winds, large hail, downpours and tornadoes can occur.
Meteorologists do not expect the number of tornadoes with this event to come near the total of 155 from Easter Sunday.
“However, all it takes is for one tornado to strike a community to cause widespread destruction and potentially cause loss of life. And the event from Sunday to Sunday night is still likely to produce multiple tornadoes,”
Severe thunderstorms began to develop on Sunday morning with the storms expected to persist into Sunday night from eastern Texas to the lower Mississippi Valley and Deep South, and Monday morning along the Southeast coast.
Residents from Houston to Shreveport and New Orleans, Louisiana; Jackson, Mississippi; Birmingham, Mobile and Montgomery, Alabama; Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia; Pensacola, Tallahassee and Jacksonville, Florida; Charleston and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; and Wilmington, North Carolina, should make sure they have a way to be notified when severe weather is imminent.
Flash flooding is likely to be another significant threat with this system.
Widespread rainfall totals of 2-4 inches are expected within and to the north of the severe weather zone.
Some locales in the region already received heavy rain Saturday night into Sunday morning. Starkville, Mississippi recorded 1.69 inches of rain Saturday night, while New Orleans received 2.29 inches late Saturday afternoon into Saturday evening. The additional heavy rain and storms expected Sunday and Sunday night will exacerbate the flooding threat in the region.