Severe storms, tornadoes possible across Deep South

BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA (AP) — The prospect of more tornadoes overnight across the Deep South had forecasters advising residents to take extra precautions after a wave of storms pounded the region throughout the day on Wednesday, leaving a trail of splintered trees and damaged buildings.

Scattered severe thunderstorms are expected for portions of eastern Georgia, through the Carolinas into extreme southeast Virginia, according to the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Centre. All severe hazards are possible. Other isolated severe storms are possible from southern Ohio into the central Appalachians.

The biggest overnight threat of tornadoes remained over Alabama, according to the weather service, but severe storms and tornadoes were possible from east-central Georgia and northeast across South and North Carolina later in the day.

“Significant tornadoes, wind damage and large hail will be possible from morning into afternoon,” the centre advised late Wednesday.

“Severe thunderstorms will also be possible from parts of the eastern Gulf Coast into the southern and central Appalachians.”

A tornado touches down near Moundville, Alabama. PHOTO: AP

The weather service advised residents throughout the region to keep the volume up on cellphones to hear emergency alerts throughout the night.

Early yesterday there were no storm warnings across the metro Atlanta area but intense lightning, heavy rain and strong wind gusts of up to 40-50 mph were moving through the area.

Morehouse College tweeted that it was delaying the opening of its campus until 11am and that faculty and staff should not arrive until after that time.

All classes before then were to be held virtually, it said.