On Father’s Day, Severe Storms Put Around 16 Million People at Risk Along The Gulf Coast.
This Father’s Day, over 16 million Americans residing between Arkansas and Florida ought to brace themselves for severe thunderstorms.
Severe thunderstorms swept across parts of the Plains and Mississippi Valley over the weekend, leaving over half a million without power. This comes as millions along the Gulf Coast brace for yet another round of severe weather on Father’s Day.
For nine consecutive days, the Southern region has been hit with widespread reports of severe weather, including deadly tornadoes and extensive hail and wind gusts.
Hundreds of damage reports have been received from the severe weather that swept through the Plains and Mississippi Valley on Saturday.
In Oklahoma, damage assessments are underway in Tulsa after the powerful storms tore through that city.
Early Saturday morning, the NWS in Tulsa issued a severe thunderstorm warning, forecasting a destructive impact on the Tulsa area. A 100 mph wind gust, equivalent to the strength of a Category 2 hurricane, was reported, causing power outages in Tulsa International Airport (TUL) that have since been restored.
As first responders and officials continue to assess and respond to storm damage, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation tweeted Sunday morning, advising motorists to remain home on Father’s Day or exercise extreme caution while driving through the Tulsa metro.
The storms were so powerful in Norman, Oklahoma, that a police K-9 went missing when one of the kennels blew open. Police had told Twitter
they were searching for K-9 Odin after the storms and safely located him early Sunday morning.
The storms continued to cause damage as they pushed off to the east, including numerous reports of trees and wires down in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
On Sunday, South and Gulf Coast residents are bracing for severe weather. More than 14 million Americans from Arkansas and Louisiana to Florida are at the highest risk for this impending weather phenomenon.
The NOAA Storm Prediction Center has rated the risk level at 3 out of 5 across southeastern Arkansas, northeastern Louisiana, southern Alabama, most of Mississippi, and the extreme western portions of the Florida Panhandle. Take precautions and stay safe.
Any of the thunderstorms that develop on Sunday will be capable of producing large hail, damaging wind gusts, and tornadoes.
The area where those threats are highest stretches from southeastern Arkansas and northeastern Louisiana through Mississippi, southwestern Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle.
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