Recently, there have been a rash of deadly storms affecting the Deep South. And weather forecasters have predicted that the same areas may experience severe storms yet again. Tornadoes have ripped through towns north of Austin; a woman was killed after her home was destroyed.
The following day, a dangerous EF-3 tornado swept through the New Orleans area. Images taken during the incident shocked the country. A school bus was seen being carried off, and entire houses were lifted off the ground. The tornado resulted in the utter destruction of many neighborhoods in the region.
Weather forecasters are now looking at another severe weather week. The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has placed a Level 3 out of 5 enhanced risk of severe weather for certain parts of the Lower Mississippi River Valley. Memphis, Jackson, Baton Rouge, Birmingham, and New Orleans may also see tornadoes and strong storms around this time.
The National Weather Service in New Orleans said, “The line should enter the region shortly after noon arriving in the Baton Rouge area around 4 p.m., New Orleans 7 p.m., Gulfport 9 p.m. and exit the area around midnight Wednesday night into Thursday morning.”
The Storm Prediction Center said the primary threat from the storms would be strong wind gusts, which could, at times, exceed hurricane force (74 mph). It was also emphasized that tornadoes would be a possibility. The National Weather Service office in New Orleans agreed with this message.
Weather experts have cautioned those in the area, especially people who are currently living in substandard housing after being struck by the tornado last week and Ida, to be vigilant. Meteorologists have also warned that flying debris will be a real threat this week.