Forecasters expect severe weather, including flash flooding and the possibility of tornadoes, to continue threatening much of the southern United States on Tuesday, after two days of storms wreaked widespread damage and killed at least two people .
The National Weather Service Storm Forecast Center said there is an "increased risk" of severe thunderstorms for much of the south, including southern Mississippi and west-central Alabama. There, damaging winds of up to 70 miles per hour and hail the size of golf balls were likely from late Tuesday morning into early evening, with tornadoes possible, according to the weather forecast in Jackson, Miss.
The area was placed under flash flood watch, with as much as five to ten inches of rain within three hours with the potential to flood roads and threaten structures.
Much of central Tennessee was under severe thunderstorms on Tuesday morning, with concerns about gusts of wind up to 70 miles per hour and a quarter of hail. "A single tornado or two cannot be ruled out," meteorologists said.
In Georgia, forecasters warned that "multiple rounds of strong to severe storms" could be possible until Tuesday night.
The threat of more severe weather comes after two days of the region being ravaged by storms, including tornadoes that touched down in Mississippi, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina and Texas.
One man died when power lines and a tree fell on his vehicle outside of Atlanta, authorities said. And a woman in Bonaire, Georgia, died when a tree fell on her house, said the Houston County Emergency Management Agency.
Tens of thousands of people were without power Tuesday morning in Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee and Kentucky, according to PowerOutage.us, a website that tracks loss of service. Cities and towns in the south reported structural damage from tornadoes, high winds and heavy rains images and videos On social media showing uprooted trees and damaged buildings.
In Texas, local newscasts reported Monday at least two tornadoes. Three people were injured, one seriously, when three 18-wheelers turned over and several other vehicles were involved in a crash on Interstate 35 near Dallas, according to WFAA, a news channel in Dallas.
April was a quiet month for severe weather in the United States, with half the usual number of bad weather reports, the fewest tornado reports since 2000, and the fourth fewest tornado watches ever recorded, according to the National Weather Service.