Forecasters warn ‘severe’ weather front will bring devastating tornadoes and damaging winds

Severe storms are heading for the Pacific Northwest – as forecasters warn of devastating tornadoes and damaging winds on Tuesday evening.

Storm Prediction Center expert Bill Bunting said tornadoes extending from Illinois at Louisiana are likely to continue overnight when most people are asleep and unprepared.

Just yesterday, about 10,000 people were without power after torrential weather hit St. Charles Parish with winds of 86 to 110 miles per hour.

And much of the region is now under a severe weather warning, which means the likelihood of tornadoes and dangerous winds is very high.

The lower Mississippi Valley regions of Memphis and Bartlett, Tennessee, Jonesboro and Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and Monroe, Louisiana, received an increased level three in five storm risk that will affect more than three million people, according to the Storm Prediction Center.

“Unfortunately, it looks like the severe storm threat will continue into Tuesday evening and night,” Bunting told CNN. “This storm system will have the potential to produce severe thunderstorms capable of producing tornadoes, damaging straight-line winds, as well as large hail.”

Tornadoes and high winds are expected to hit the lower Mississippi Valley Tuesday evening

Areas expected to be hardest hit stretch across Tennessee, Arkansas and Louisiana

Areas expected to be hardest hit stretch across Tennessee, Arkansas and Louisiana

The storm warning comes after a tornado hit Paradis, Louisiana - which is just outside New Orleans - on Saturday and left thousands of people without power.  Pictured: A classroom torn apart by the tornado

The storm warning comes after a tornado hit Paradis, Louisiana – which is just outside New Orleans – on Saturday and left thousands of people without power. Pictured: A classroom torn apart by the tornado

A mobile trailer was overturned after the tornado hit the city on Saturday

A mobile trailer was overturned after the tornado hit the city on Saturday

Thousands of people were left without power after the storm

Thousands of people were left without power after the storm

Forecasters have warned that tornadoes can happen at night when people are sleeping, and the areas most at risk are between Illinois and Louisiana.

Forecasters have warned that tornadoes can happen at night when people are sleeping, and the areas most at risk are between Illinois and Louisiana.

Forecasters have warned that the level three warning may rise to level five and move to cities that have lower storm risks, such as Houston and Pasadena, Texas, Nashville, Tennessee and New Orleans, Louisiana.

“Details regarding the areas most prone to tornadoes will become clearer as we approach Tuesday and smaller-scale trends will become more evident,” Bunting said.

Some areas may see up to four inches of precipitation as the storm is expected to occur overnight. The warning comes after Paradis, Louisiana – about 20 miles from New Orleans – was hit by a tornado on Saturday.

The Storm Prediction Center weather map shows the effects of the storm will hit from southern Texas to Wisconsin and Michigan.

Tornadoes are expected to occur overnight, with areas from Louisiana to Illinois presenting the highest risk, according to Bunting.

Bunting warned that tornadoes at night are more dangerous than during the day because fewer people are typically aware of the approaching storm during normal sleeping hours.

“Another challenge with nighttime tornadoes, especially in the fall and winter, is that the storms usually move very quickly, sometimes at 50 or 60 mph,” Bunting told the outlet.

The effects of the storm are expected to spread south into Texas

The effects of the storm are expected to spread south into Texas

In the Southeast, wind advisories are set for about nine million people on Monday, including in Louisiana where a tornado was confirmed on Saturday.  Pictured: a damaged roof

In the Southeast, wind advisories are set for about nine million people on Monday, including in Louisiana where a tornado was confirmed on Saturday. Pictured: a damaged roof

A tree was seen damaged after the tornado tore through the city

A tree was seen damaged after the tornado tore through the city

Video showed the intense storms hitting the area with other footage showing a ton of damage and downed power lines in the New Orleans metro area

Video showed the intense storms hitting the area with other footage showing a ton of damage and downed power lines in the New Orleans metro area

About 10,000 people were without power after the weather hit St. Charles Parish with winds of 86 to 110 miles per hour

About 10,000 people were without power after the weather hit St. Charles Parish with winds of 86 to 110 miles per hour

Parts of the city were left devastated by the tornado after it formed on Saturday afternoon and tore through the area before dying out

Parts of the city were left devastated by the tornado after it formed on Saturday afternoon and tore through the area before dying out

Recent storms have also slowed Thanksgiving travelers.

According to AAA, about 55 million people had to travel more than 80 kilometers from home during the holidays, about 98% of pre-pandemic levels.

Flight Aware, which tracks delays and cancellations, reported 34 flight delays and 400 cancellations within, inside and outside the United States on Tuesday. Meanwhile, 8,740 delays were reported on Sunday afternoon with 1,954 canceled flights.

In the Southeast, wind advisories are set for about nine million people on Monday, including in Louisiana where a tornado was confirmed on Saturday.

The video showed the intense storms hitting the area along with other footage showing a ton of damage and downed power lines in the New Orleans metro area.

The area also faced multiple marine warnings throughout the evening due to wind and rain.

Forecasters warned people near the tornado’s path to be aware of flying debris that could damage mobile homes, roofs, windows and vehicles.

But with heavy rain hitting much of the southern half of the country and moving into the mid-Atlantic region, cities from Chicago to Atlanta to Washington and Nashville could see travel impacted.

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