Severe Storms for Mississippi and Alabama Today

January 26, 2012; 5:18 AM
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Thunderstorms that slammed Louisiana Wednesday will roll eastward today, reaching Alabama and other parts of the Deep South.

Many folks in the area are still on edge in the wake of deadly, destructive tornadoes that occurred during the early morning hours Monday. Some of the tornadoes reached EF3 strength.

The severe storms will push from west to east across the central Gulf Coast states through this evening.

A line of storms is currently pushing across Louisiana and western Mississippi this morning and will continue into Alabama later today.

The storms have had a history of damaging wind gusts and flash flooding from central Texas to northwestern Louisiana Wednesday.

Seven tornadoes were sighted on Wednesday across southeastern Texas and far western Louisiana.

The storms will advance across the balance of Mississippi early this morning.

In the midday and afternoon and evening hours today, the storms will push across Alabama and the western part of the Florida Panhandle.

During the evening hours, the storms will cross into portions of Georgia and the balance of the Florida Panhandle.

The greatest threat from the storms will be damaging wind gusts and flash flooding. However, a few of the strongest thunderstorms can produce a short-lived tornado.

According to Severe Weather Expert Henry Margusity, "It appears the number of tornadoes during the event will be much lower than the outbreak that started the week in the same area."

"There can still be a few tornadoes, but they will tend to be short-lived," Margusity added.

The nature of the storms spanning today and tonight will be more of a squall line scenario, which tends to bring a band of thunderstorms with a general burst of heavy rain, hail and strong winds.

While Margusity was downplaying the magnitude of a tornado outbreak, he was not downplaying the severe thunderstorms and the risk to lives and property.

"Such a pattern can still damage roofs, topple mobile homes, cause power outages and down trees," Margusity said.

Folks should remain alert for rapidly changing weather conditions as the zone of thunderstorms advances from west to east.

Photo by Flickr user sgtgary.

The storm system and trailing cold front will grind to the East Coast. Locally severe thunderstorms are possible from central Florida to eastern North Carolina during Friday.

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