Tornadoes strike South; more severe weather in forecast

By Land Line staff | 2/24/2016

A series of tornadoes in the South killed at least three people on Tuesday, Feb. 23. The outbreak, which included about two dozen reported tornadoes, injured dozens of people.

The news was full of dramatic video of wind damaged property and tractor-trailers overturned on the highways. Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama were declared states of emergency.

Severe weather was expected to continue Wednesday in the Southeast, according to the National Weather Service. As of Wednesday afternoon, the National Weather Service had the area around Danville, Va., under a tornado warning and parts of North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland and Virginia under a tornado watch. Parts of Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia were under a wind advisory.

Meanwhile, parts of the Midwest were still expected to be hit by large amounts of snow. Parts of Illinois and Indiana were under a blizzard warning Wednesday, while portions of Michigan, Ohio and Missouri had winter storm warnings. Forecasts say Chicago could receive up to a foot of snow.

“Severe thunderstorms will be possible from parts of New York to Florida (Wednesday),” the National Weather Service said. “The greatest threat will be over parts of the mid-Atlantic. Tornadoes, damaging wind gusts and large hail are possible. Further west, heavy snow will continue from Michigan to eastern Missouri with blizzard conditions possible over parts of Illinois and Indiana.”

The Weather Channel reported that Winter Storm Petros is forecast to bring snow and strong winds to parts of the Midwest, Great Lakes and Appalachians on Wednesday and Thursday.

“The combination of snow and wind may lead to blizzard and near-blizzard conditions in some areas, causing dangerous travel conditions,” according to The Weather Channel.

In Convent, La., at least two people were killed after dozens of mobile homes were destroyed by a tornado. Another death was reported in Mississippi after a tornado swept through a mobile home in Lamar County. Tornadoes were also reported Tuesday in Florida, Alabama and Texas.

According to the Florida Department of Transportation District 3, a tornado that crossed Interstate 10 in Florida flipped several cars and a tractor-trailer on the Escambia Bay Bridge, leaving the highway closed for about a 25-mile stretch. Overturned tractor-trailers were also reported in Louisiana.

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