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30 million people in the South threatened by severe weather

April 7, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Severe storms return to the South on Wednesday, threatening more than 30 million people with tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds.

(CNN)Severe storms return to the South on Wednesday, threatening more than 30 million people with tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds.

Storms to the north have a higher risk of wind damage and storms farther south will have a higher threat of tornadoes.

The Storm Prediction Center has issued a Level 3 out of 5, "enhanced risk" alert for severe weather through tonight for northern Louisiana, eastern Arkansas, west-central Mississippi and southwestern Tennessee.

This risk level means "numerous severe storms (are) possible," according to the center.

The Storm Prediction Center has this region at a Level 1 out of 5 severe storm risk.

That line of storms will track into a more prime environment for tornadoes and other kinds of severe weather, including hail and strong winds.

"Soil saturation and streamflows have come down significantly from where they were a week ago, but nonetheless still looking at above average soil saturation," the Weather Prediction Center said of the current conditions in parts of Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi, where flooding is possible from the storms through tonight.

The prediction center is warning isolated severe storms could be possible from central Tennessee through southeastern Louisiana and the western Florida Panhandle on Thursday.

A new storm system will then move into the country, and another significant severe weather threat could be possible across the South from Friday into Saturday.

These storms could produce tornadoes along with damaging winds and hail, but the forecast remains uncertain in terms of timing and which areas are at the greatest risk from these storms.

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