Severe weather: After series of tornadoes in the south, a storm threatens North Carolina, Virginia and Florida next


More than 12 million people are at slight risk (Level 2 in 5) of severe thunderstorms in parts of North Carolina, Virginia and Florida, as the Storm Prediction Center warns they face a triple whammy of high winds, hail and potential tornadoes.

The latest warnings come after the region saw at least 62 tornado reports this week alone, coupled with severe storms that damaged homes and businesses in several states.

“Strong to severe thunderstorms are possible Thursday in eastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia, as well as parts of the Florida peninsula,” the forecast center warned. “Destroying gusts of wind, hail and a few tornadoes will be possible.”

The worst of Thursday’s storms could potentially hit Virginia Beach, Chesapeake and Norfolk in Virginia, as well as Tampa and St. Petersburg in Florida.

The South is grappling with back-to-back outbreaks of severe weather

Multiple bouts of severe and deadly weather have battered the South in recent days, killing at least three people.

Two tornadoes were seen around Valdosta, Georgia during the evening hours on Wednesday.

A man was killed in East Texas on Tuesday where a tree fell on an RV in the community of Whitehouse, according to the Smith County Emergency Management Coordinator. Later the same day, a man in Georgia also died when a tornado moved through Bryan County.

And in Webster Parish, Louisiana, a man died early Tuesday when his car crashed into a downed tree, state police said.

In South Carolina, the town of Monetta saw an EF-2 tornado that produced peak winds estimated at 130 mph, the National Weather Service confirmed.

Four homes were destroyed and five others suffered major damage in Allendale County, South Carolina, where suspected tornadoes were also reported, the state’s emergency management division said. At least three people suffered non-life-threatening injuries, the division added.

The relentless weather was also responsible for storm-related injuries and rescues due to rapid floodwaters in several states.

Late last month, Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana were hit by tornadoes that killed at least one person.

CNN’s Dave Alsup, Gene Norman and Rebekah Riess contributed to this report.


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