Storm warning as forecasters say tornadoes may be 'one of the most volatile events so far in 2022' as 2m people at risk
MILLIONS of Americans across the South are being warned to stay alert as meteorologists predict severe weather and tornadoes.
The severe weather this week could be one of the most volatile events so far in 2022, forecasters have said.
The first days of Spring could see a large storm that will cover nearly the entire country, bringing possible widespread damaging thunderstorms, tornado risk, flash flooding and even blizzard conditions, as reported by AccuWeather.
Experts have warned of widespread flooding, large hail, the threat of tornadoes, high winds and power outages.
The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has already placed two million people under "moderate risk" for severe weather for Tuesday.
Residents from Oklahoma and Texas to Mississippi and Alabama are being urged to be alert and make sure they have a good shelter identified in case of a tornado warning or damaging straight-line wind event.
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Dallas, Waco, Tyler and Houston, Texas, are forecast to be in the line of the severe weather risk.
In Louisiana, the cities at risk include Shreveport and Alexandria.
The storm will be travelling from the Rockies and Plains to the Atlantic coast throughout this week and could cause shipping and airline delays.
"This is a volatile weather pattern, and we’ve seen these types of storm systems previously produce damaging, dangerous and highly impactful severe weather and flooding," said AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Jonathan Porter.
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The major threat is expected to shift from Texas into Mississippi and Alabama during Tuesday and Tuesday evening.
This is when experts say to expect the greatest risk for tornadoes.
Those in the storm's path are urged to keep cellphones charged and with the volume up when going to sleep in case or urgent alerts.
Americans are also being asked to remain vigilant about possible flooding.
"While the severe weather threat will understandably receive extra attention, I want to stress that the biggest impact from this storm may come from the flooding risk because repeated bouts of heavy rainfall can occur over the same areas, increasing the risk for flooding," added Porter.
"Additionally, parts of the Ohio and Tennessee valleys have seen extensive rainfall in recent weeks and have been dealing with river levels that are just now coming down from previous flooding issues."
The severe weather warning comes after a tornado slammed Ocala, Florida, leaving an estimated $15million in damages.
Severe storms, including the EF-1 tornado with winds up to 110mph, hit central Florida last weekend.
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