What You Need To Know:
- Severe thunderstorms and tornadoes hit the Midwest and southern U.S., putting 79 million people at risk.
- Fatalities and injuries were reported in Missouri due to a confirmed “damaging tornado.”
- The National Weather Service warns of an enhanced risk of severe storms on Wednesday from the greater Memphis, Tennessee, metro area to southern Michigan, with all modes of severe weather possible.
Severe thunderstorms and tornadoes hit the Midwest and southern United States, putting millions at risk. On Wednesday, FOX Weather reported that the storm system is endangering approximately 79 million people, and more impacts are expected on Wednesday.
The storms caused a “damaging tornado” in Glenallen, Missouri, which led to fatalities and injuries in the area. Sgt. Clark Parrott, a spokesman with Troop E of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, told FOX Weather that responders were going from house to house, helping residents who might be trapped. Power lines and trees were down, and multiple roads were closed.
The National Weather Service has issued warnings of severe storms on Wednesday, with an enhanced risk from the greater Memphis, Tennessee, metro area to southern Michigan. All modes of severe weather, including hail, strong winds, and tornadoes, are possible.
The ArkLaTex region is also expected to experience severe storms, but with only a slight risk. Heavy rainfall may lead to localized flooding, and the Weather Prediction Center issued a slight risk of excessive rainfall from eastern Texas to the Ohio Valley through the evening.
The agency emphasized the importance of monitoring the latest local forecasts and being prepared to take cover if warnings are issued, or seek higher ground in the event of flash flood warnings.
In addition, an ongoing winter storm is expected to bring snow and wind impacts for the northern Plains and upper Midwest, with blizzard conditions making travel dangerous.
This comes after the deadly tornadoes that hit 11 states last weekend, killing over 30 people and destroying homes in Arkansas, Iowa, Indiana, and Illinois. From March 31 through April 1, there were 48 confirmed tornadoes in the eastern U.S. and more in the central U.S.