Severe Weather Outbreak Monday: Louisiana to Florida

By Brian Edwards, Meteorologist
February 25, 2013; 8:53 AM ET
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The same storm system producing a blizzard across parts of the Plains will spark a round of severe weather, including a few tornadoes, along the central Gulf Coast on Monday.

The afternoon and evening hours of Monday is when meteorologists are most concerned for a widespread outbreak of severe weather, complete with damaging winds, hail, downpours and a few tornadoes.

Violent thunderstorms will be numerous across central and eastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi Monday afternoon. In the evening, they will spread to southern Alabama and the Florida Panhandle.

Cities in the above threat zone include New Orleans, Lafayette and Baton Rouge, La., Hattiesburg and Gulfport, Miss., Mobile and Montgomery, Ala., and Pensacola, Fla.

Flash flooding could become a big problem as areas get hit with multiple rounds of thunderstorms that can produce rainfall rates of 2 to 3 inches per hour.

People traveling along Interstates 10, 55, 59 and 65 should prepare for slow travel in severe thunderstorms and potential ponding on the roadway.

Local road closures are possible in low lying areas after some areas pick up 2 to 4 inches of rain in multiple rounds of thunderstorms.

Strong thunderstorms will shift eastward during the overnight hours of Monday, threatening Tallahassee and Jacksonville, Fla., and Albany and Valdosta, Ga.

Residents are urged to heed severe weather watches and warnings, which will be issued tonight through Monday.

Click on our Severe Weather Center for more information and expert videos. Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski contributed to the content of this story.


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