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- Southern states including Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and Texas have all been exposed to deadly thunderstorms this week.
- Two residents in Georgia died from weather-related accidents.
- The storm is tracking eastward, with parts of the mid-Atlantic states also in its path.
The severe storms that plagued parts of the southern U.S left two fatalities in their wake last night, along with mass damage spanning state lines.
As of Tuesday, the National Weather Service (NWS) reports that severe thunderstorms and flash flooding remain likely across the Deep South, thanks to a cold front tracking through the South.
Specifically, parts of southern Mississippi and southwest Alabama stand at being in the “Moderate Risk” category of experiencing flash floods due to high volumes of rainfall.
Thunderstorms are still likely in the Deep South as well, with the potential to bring damaging wind gusts, large hail, and isolated tornadoes. Southern Mississippi and west-central Alabama are prime regions to see hazardous thunderstorms.
The NWS in Jackson, Miss., issued a bevy of tornado watches and warnings between Monday and Tuesday. Forecasters confirmed eight tornadoes as of May 2.
Other southern states have seen harsh weather, too, thanks to the same cold front moving across the South.
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The Associated Press (AP) further notes that high wind speeds and other hazardous storm conditions in north Texas occurred on late Monday evening, resulting in destruction like flipped cars and semitrailers that rendered three people hospitalized.
Earlier this week, the NWS in Atlanta recorded a confirmed tornado, sending scores of counties into a Severe Weather Alert. Two Georgia residents were killed due to accidents associated with the dangerous conditions.
Later, a Tennessee woman was confirmed dead after a tree fell onto her house.
Eatsern Tennessee is still witnessing dangerous conditions as a Storm 5 Alert was declared for the region as storms bringing small hail and possible tornadoes could occur.
The storm is trickling through the Mid-Atlantic states, as hail accompanied by severe thunderstorms touched South Carolina, with AP reporting at least one confirmed tornado in Abbeville County.
The NWS in Wilmington, N.C., is also preparing for severe weather from the south, issuing a Red Flag Warning in effect until 7 p.m. EST Tuesday.
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