Weather Experts Warn Particularly Dangerous Outbreak Underway in the South
- Threat Areas: A line of severe thunderstorms will continue surging east ahead of the advancing cold front across the Deep South from parts of Florida and Georgia to the Carolinas, eastern Virginia and portions of the mid-Atlantic.
- Main Threats: Damaging thunderstorm winds would be the biggest threat, however, tornadoes are also a possibility, if instability is high enough, both within the squall line and in any individual thunderstorms ahead of the line.
- Cities: Jacksonville, Florida | Raleigh, North Carolina | Richmond, Virginia | Savannah, Georgia
Wednesday’s Thunderstorm Forecast
In addition to the chance for severe thunderstorms, heavy rain is expected from eastern Texas into the Ohio Valley through Wednesday and some flooding is possible as well. Widespread rainfall up to two inches may also spread up the East coast into the Northeast, with locally higher amounts possible.
In Louisiana, two apparent tornadoes touched down about 3:15 p.m. in the Belle River and Paincourtville areas in Assumption Parish, said Deputy Robert Martin, spokesman for the parish Sheriff’s Office.
Martin said a few business at the intersection of La. 1 and lLa. 70 in Paincourtville have been damaged from the tornado that passed through.
An apparent tornado tore through a major commercial strip along one of Ascension Parish’s busiest traffic corridors around noon Tuesday, ripping off walls and roofs, wrapping sheet metal around power poles and spreading debris everywhere.
Parish officials said the path of the severe winds appeared to have cut across Airline Highway near the La. 42 intersection and head to the northeast causing minor damage in the Oak Grove area and parts farther northeast toward Bayou Manchac.
The north wall of Gold’s Gym, which had just opened in December in the Commerce Centre Shopping Center on Airline, was ripped off of the building along with a portion of the roof. No one was injured.
Storm damage is photographed in a Gold’s Gym in Prarieville, La. on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016. (@switchinggears/twitter.com)
Damage is seen outside a Gold’s Gym in Prarieville, La. (Casey Rogers/Facebook)