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South hit by violent storms, bracing for 2nd round

South hit by violent storms, bracing for 2nd round

A night of unseasonably warm weather generated torrential rains and tornadoes that damaged two schools and dozens of homes in the Southeast, and some states were bracing for snow and sleet as temperatures drop Wednesday.
Sleet was possible in areas of Louisiana and the National Weather Service issued a winter weather watch for parts of Mississippi, warning that a rare snowfall accumulation was possible.
Mike Edmonston, senior meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Jackson, Miss. said forecasters were predicting 1-3 inches over central and eastern portions of Mississippi, but some areas could see 4 inches or more. Mississippi averages around 2 inches of snow a year and that usually comes sporadically with little accumulation.
The winter precipitation threatened to hit before many people could clean up the mess left by powerful storms and likely tornadoes that damaged at least two schools and dozens of homes in Alabama and Mississippi a day earlier.
At least one person was injured in south Mississippi when a car struck a downed tree on Intestate 59 in Jones county, authorities said. At least 39 houses and mobile homes were damaged in Mississippi as well as three businesses.
Classes were canceled when an apparent tornado ripped off part of the roof of an elementary school in Walker County, Ala., northwest of Birmingham. The storm also damaged more than a dozen homes there.
There were reports of damaged homes and trees on roadways across Mississippi and reports of large hail.
Heavy rain caused minor flooding in western Tennessee and 3.44 inches had fallen in Jackson by Wednesday morning, with another 3.5 inches in Memphis and 2.21 inches at Dyersburg, the National Weather Service reported. Heavy rain and possible high winds were predicted across north Georgia Wednesday and into the day on Thursday.
Such heavy storms develop about once in the region this time of year, said Mike Leary, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Peachtree City.
"You get a big influx of Gulf moisture that's really quite warm," he said. "That sets up instability in combination with the cold front coming down."
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Associated Press Writers Jay Reeves in Birmingham, Ala., Debbie Newby in Atlanta, Bill Fuller in New Orleans, and Randall Dickerson in Nashville, Tenn., contributed to this report.


Updated : 2021-10-28 14:01 GMT+08:00