Violent thunderstorms, capable of spawning tornadoes, will sweep eastward across the Deep South tonight through Tuesday evening.
This severe weather episode that AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Jim Andrews warned about over the past weekend is now unfolding.
The first round of violent thunderstorms are threatening Louisiana and Mississippi tonight.
There has already been damage reported across parts of Louisiana. A tornado touched down around 3:13 PM local time near Atlanta, La., and destroyed 3 homes. The tornado produced a damage path 100 yards wide and knocked down numerous trees and power lines. Similar damage can be expected with the strongest thunderstorms through tonight.
It is not out of the question that the threat of locally severe thunderstorms continues into Tuesday night and approaches the southern Atlantic Seaboard.
The strongest thunderstorms into Tuesday will be capable of unleashing damaging wind gusts. Several tornadoes may touch down and cause greater destruction.
Residents should closely monitor local media outlets and seek shelter immediately if a storm-related warning is issued.
Motorists should also heed these warnings. Remember, a vehicle is one of the worst places to be during a tornado. Stretches of Interstates 10, 20, 55, 65 and 75 will lie in the path of the violent thunderstorms.
The presence of ample moisture from the Gulf of Mexico will allow many of the thunderstorms to unleash downpours. While the drought-stricken South is in need of heavy rain, localized flooding problems may ensue.
The flood danger will not be limited to the areas being threatened by severe weather. Torrential rainfall is set to invade parts of the Midwest, spine of the Appalachians and Northeast tonight into Wednesday.
The storm system triggering the upcoming severe weather and flooding rain also has a wintry side that will endanger motorists across the Upper Midwest.
A planned launching of a rocket by SpaceX was halted early Saturday morning due to unfavorable weather conditions.
Fung-wong will spread heavy rainfall across South Korea and Japan next week.
The fall season will start of seasonable for Minneapolis as high pressure yields several pleasant days through midweek.
Locally heavy and gusty thunderstorms will erupt over the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes Saturday.
A surge of warmth will quickly be erased as thunderstorms and a cold front sweep through the Northeast on Sunday.
The body of a missing Austin, Texas sheriff's deputy was found in a lake Friday afternoon, The Associated Press reports.
Centre County, PA (1792)
Quote from the diary of William Colbert, a Methodist Circuit Rider up in Centre County: "A very cold morning. It was surprising to see so much snow on the ground at this season of the year. The limbs of the peach trees broke, and large limbs of the oaks broke down, and saplings bent across the road. It began to snow last night before we went to bed. I came out of my way by Lamb's to Phillip Antes."
A total of 9 inches of rain in 6 hours causes flooding on Sugar Creek.
Central U.S. (1991)
Very early cold snap..... Location Temp Record Peoria, Ill. 32 33/1918 Burlington, Iowa 32 35/1918 Chicago, Ill. 36 38/1956 Indianapolis, Ind. 36 37/1956 Waterloo, Iowa 27 31/1971