Tornado touches down in Texas as severe storm system threatens Southeast
There were reports of multiple injuries, the NWS said, and CNN affiliate KWTX reported widespread damage. Trees were pulled up by the roots, roofs torn off buildings, and the cinder block foundation was all that was left of a mobile home in the town, which is southeast of Waco.
To the north, dime-sized hail pounded the Dallas-Fort Worth area
Texas is seeing the beginning of the dangerous and severe storms forecast by the Southeast and Ohio River Valley this weekend.
The powerful system will create the potential for life-threatening winds, The Storm Prediction Center has issued a moderate risk (level 4 out of 5) for severe weather Saturday across parts of the Lower Mississippi Valley.
And Sunday, an enhanced risk (level 3 out of 5) stretches from Atlanta to Cleveland.
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Severe storms possible from Texas to Mississippi
Arkansas and eastern Mississippi. Cities such as Shreveport, Louisiana, and Jackson, Mississippi, may be affected.
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CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said the hot air present during the afternoon will enhance the atmosphere's instability, creating more energy for storms to tap into and aiding in their development. The threat of severe weather is greatest at such times. The storms most capable of producing tornadoes and large hail will be the individual, rotating cells that form ahead of a larger complex of thunderstorms throughout the afternoon.
Tornadoes possible overnight in Alabama
By late Saturday, the storms were expected to go into a line as they cross the western border of Mississippi.
The system will begin to move through Alabama overnight and is expected to reach Georgia by Sunday morning.
The energy from warm afternoon temperatures will diminish, but the risk of tornadoes will not be over.
"The storm is so vigorous that it is still possible after dark, "Myers said.
Tornadoes at that time can be especially dangerous since they are difficult to see and people are less likely to receive warnings while they're asleep.
Georgia, the southern Appalachians and Ohio Valley
The most significant risk of severe weather is expected Saturday, but there's still considerable potential Sunday.
The Storm Prediction Center issued an enhanced risk across a broad area stretching from eastern Alabama through the southern Appalachians and into the Ohio Valley. The main line of storms will start to push into this area late Sunday morning and pull to the east on Sunday afternoon. The center said it expects the threat of severe weather to increase during the afternoon.
Damaging winds appear to be the greatest threat on Sunday, but will also be possible, "CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen said.
The Masters tournament may see the final round
Georgia's Augusta National Golf Club is included in the slight risk area Sunday as the Masters concludes.
The storms are expected to move through the Augusta area during the afternoon and evening, which could affect the schedules of some players finishing up their rounds.
The tornado threat will be lower by then, but damaging winds could present hazardous conditions.
Either way, it could make for a delayed and interesting end to the four-day tournament.