An extremely dangerous outbreak of tornadoes will endanger many lives and property from northeastern Texas into Arkansas, northern Louisiana, northwestern Mississippi and western Tennessee into Wednesday.
These are the same areas that were just hit by tornadoes Monday afternoon and night, and tonight's outbreak is expected to be worse than Monday's. Large, long-track tornadoes are a major concern.
As of 11:30 p.m. EDT, there have been 34 tornado sightings from northeastern Texas to western Kentucky and Mississippi. These tornadoes have caused extensive damage in Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas.
A tractor trailer was blown off of Highway 165 near Coy, Ark. Cars were reported off the highway and trees were snapped near Marshall, Texas. The Groesbeck, Texas fire station was damaged by a tornado as well. Damage in other tornadoes includes structural damage, downed power lines and trees.
"It's a very dangerous day," said AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Henry Margusity. "It's the kind of day where tornadoes could cause massive destruction."
The violent thunderstorms are racing into the western Tennessee Valley, then will shift farther east through the Tennessee and Ohio Valleys Wednesday into Wednesday night.
There is concern that some of the tornadoes into Wednesday will be strong (EF3 tornado ranking or higher) and long-tracking.
"People should review tornado safety guidelines and take any [severe thunderstorm or tornado] watches and warnings very seriously," stressed Kottlowski.
Those residents being threatened by the tornadoes at night should take extra precautions to ensure they do not sleep through vital tornado sirens or warnings.
Tornadoes are not the only concern through Wednesday. Many of the strongest thunderstorms will unleash strong winds, flooding downpours and hail up to the size of softballs.
Flash flooding kills more people in the U.S. every year than tornadoes do, and most of the deaths happen when people attempt to drive across a roadway covered with water.
Never attempt to cross a flooded roadway. Always turn around and find an alternate route.
While rain will slice through portions of the Midwest and Northeast this week, it will interrupt the stretch of dry weather in store for most locations only briefly.
While waters will be slow to recede across flood-ravaged South Carolina, a stretch of dry weather will provide favorable conditions for cleanup efforts across the region.
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Joaquin remains on track to make Europe its final destination with a part of the British Isles and western Europe first facing potential impacts this weekend.
The next round of rain for the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore areas will be at the end of the week into the start of the weekend.
Despite Hurricane Oho not making landfall across Hawaii, rough surf will rattle the islands into Friday.
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