If you live in the South, we would not advise going outside. Of course, if you live in the South, the weather probably makes this obvious.
Over the last weekend, extreme thunderstorms and tornadoes have been raging all down the Bible Belt. At least 18 people have died, and many more have been injured, as far afield as Georgia, Mississippi, and Alabama. Not to mention all the property damage from the destroyed houses.
The storm front that spawned this destruction is expected to move further southeast over the next few days. The National Weather Service has advised most of northern Florida and southern Georgia to be on high alert. Even though it’s unusual for this time of year, the regions are at high risk of this kind of severe weather.
Sunday evening saw three separate instances of “particularly dangerous situations”, which means that they expected strong and persistent tornadoes to wreak havoc. The first covered northern Florida, Atlanta, and most of Georgia. The second included eastern Georgia and southern South Carolina. The third and final one was declared for central Florida, which includes Orlando, Tampa, and Sarasota.
So What About Right Now?
A significant portion of Albany, GA was demolished by one such tornado on Sunday, seven people perishing during the destruction. The storm is currently moving up the East Coast all the way to Tuesday, dumping rain and snow onto the towns it passes over. Back on Saturday, four more people died in Hattiesburg, Miss. as another twister formed and left behind more than $200 million of property damage.
Reports have been coming in to the Weather Service Storm Prediction Center. Since Saturday, 30 people have called in for tornadoes, and 170 for winds blowing hard enough to damage buildings.
In only two days!
Needless to say, this is a highly volatile and dangerous time. Keep an eye on the skies and the weather station, and get ready to hunker down in your basement underneath a sturdy mattress.