Nearly 45 million people were at risk of severe weather on Friday as thunderstorms moved east. The danger extends from the central Gulf Coast to the Ohio Valley to the north and the Carolina coast to the east.
Severe storms are raging in southern Mississippi, Alabama, on Friday morning, with hurricane surveillance in effect until 10 a.m. local time. The primary threats on the clock are two severe hurricanes and scattered damaging winds up to 70 mph.
The Hurricane Forecast Center (SPC) has issued an increased risk of severe storms (Level 3 of 5) in most parts of southeastern Mississippi and southern Alabama, where there will be strong hurricanes (EF-2 or higher), damaging winds and hail. Afternoon.
The SPC forecast was “optimal for a hurricane,” and if a storm was properly lined up, “a long, strong hurricane is possible.”
Possibility of ‘huge hail’
Hurricanes are expected to continue eastward Friday, affecting Columbus, Ohio, Wilmington, North Carolina and the southern Florida Funhund and Gulf Coast states.
The possibility of strong thunderstorms could also affect parts of Cincinnati, Ohio and Louisville, Kentucky, where damaging winds and heavy hail are possible.
“Large hail and wind damage could occur further north and across the Ohio and Tennessee Valley, some of which could cause very large hail,” the SPC said. The area from southeastern Missouri to northeast western Kentucky and far south Indiana has the greatest potential for 2-inch-diameter hailstones.
The Meteorological Agency (WPC) said: “Some thunderstorms may cause high rainfall, which may trigger a small flood (level 4 of 4) in Alabama and western Georgia.”
The epicenter was reported below the Pacific Ocean floor, however; no tsunami alert was issued.
More severe storms are expected along most of the Atlantic coast on Saturday.
CNN’s Petrum Zawahiri and Mike Sans contributed to the report.
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