Severe storms, large hail and tornadoes could strike Deep South TODAY… just a week after 36 died in wild weather – The Sun

MORE severe weather could bring tornadoes and giant hailstones to batter the Deep South a week after wild storms killed 36 people in the same region.

Forecasters warned of the likelihood of dangerous winds hitting a swathe across six states today.

The National Weather Service said in an alert: “Numerous severe storms appear likely Sunday from east Texas to South Carolina.”

It warned several strong tornadoes could strike in parts of northeastern Louisiana into central and southern Mississippi and Alabama Sunday afternoon and evening.

Damaging winds and a continued tornado threat will also extend across Georgia and parts of South Carolina through Sunday night.

Hailstones the size of tennis balls are expected over much of the area, forecasters said.

And heavy rain could bring the risk of flash floods after the same ground was soaked last week.

"There has been an increasing signal for a widespread heavy rain event," the Weather Prediction Center said on Friday.

Three to six inches could fall from the Lower Mississippi Delta to parts of the Southern Appalachians, with even higher rainfall in some areas.

With back-to-back weekends of rain, flash flooding is possible in areas like the Tennessee River Valley that are already saturated.

"The past seven days have been 400 to 600+ percent of normal in the Tennessee Valley," said the WPC.

The storm threat comes a week after Easter storms pounded the Deep South.

More than 100 tornadoes struck the area on Sunday and Monday.

Officials said at least 36 people were killed in the two-day trail of destruction.

And pictures of the aftermath showed family homes reduced to matchsticks by the 205mph twisters.

Some storm shelters did not open because of the coronavirus lockdown, leaving residents vulnerable.

Forecasters and governors urged people to monitor the weather and take needed precautions ahead of the second wave of storms.

“As severe weather is expected this weekend, I urge everyone to stay weather aware and get a game plan," Louisiana Govenor John Bel Edwards said.

"Please continue to monitor local media outlets for weather-related information and updates and heed directions from local officials.”

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