Storm Surge: 20 Million Texans in Southeastern Regions Brace for Severe Storm and Tornado Impact

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Over 20 million people in the Southeast and eastern Texas are at risk of severe storms, with some regions anticipating the possibility of powerful tornadoes.

According to the storm center, strong thunderstorms are expected to sweep through eastern Texas on Monday afternoon before moving via the lower Mississippi Valley as well as toward Alabama during the night.

A potent cold front is expected to pass through our region. Widespread storms will be triggered by that boundary throughout the Pineywoods. 

Some of these storms have the potential to produce tornadoes, hail, and damaging winds of over 60 mph. 

Additionally, the SPC is issuing a warning that some of those tornadoes may be strong, defined as having winds of more than 111 mph.

Although most of the Southeast has not had a tornado warning since late June, the region’s secondary severe storm season begins in November. 

There is usually a spike in destructive thunderstorms from November to December due to the combination of warm, humid air from the Gulf of Mexico lingering over it and cold, Canadian air drilling through the South.

Higher Risk Level of Severe Storms In Eastern Texas

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Over 20 million people in the Southeast and eastern Texas are at risk of severe thunderstorms, with some regions anticipating the possibility of powerful tornadoes.

Based on the center, certain areas of eastern Texas, Northern Louisiana, as well as central Mississippi, which includes Jackson, Mississippi, along with Alexandria, Louisiana, have been assigned a higher risk level for severe storms, or a Level 3 of 5.

This area is most vulnerable to powerful tornadoes that have the potential to produce wind speeds of more than 111 mph, or EF2-strength or higher.

Across Texas to Alabama along with Arkansas, including Little Rock, Arkansas, and Houston, there are Level 1 and Level 2 severe threats in effect. In these high-risk areas, tornadoes are also possible.

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