Nearing tornadoes in US South could be 'one of the most volatile events' of 2022

Storms so severe they may be considered the most volatile of 2022 are expected to hit the Southern region of the US this week.

Forecasters are warning Americans to remain alert as an outbreak of severe weather and tornadoes looms large. The massive storm is expected to unfold within the first few days of Spring, according to meteorologists at AccuWeather.

The incoming storm will have a range of impacts from damaging thunderstorms and tornadoes to flash flooding and even blizzard conditions in some parts of the country.

The National Weather Service has already put nearly 2 million Americans under a ‘moderate risk’ for a severe storm on Tuesday.

‘We are watching a potentially dangerous severe weather situation early this week that could cause widespread flooding, large hail, the threat of tornadoes, high winds and power outages,’ said AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Johnathan Porter.

‘This is a volatile weather pattern, and we’ve seen these types of storm systems previously produce damaging, dangerous and highly impactful severe weather and flooding,’ he added.

The storm will travel from the Rockies and Plains to the Atlantic coast over the course of the week, and could potentially cause issues for ground travel and shipping and airline delays.

The most volatile thunderstorms may hit the area between Oklahoma City and Dallas and bring large hail and flooding downpours along with it. Winds may reach up to 90 miles per hour, according to AccuWeather.

Come Tuesday the storm is likely to shift from Texas into Mississippi and Alabama, bringing similar conditions to Tupelo and Jackson, Mississippi; Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Louisiana; and Tuscaloosa, Atlanta and Birmingham, Alabama. This shift is when meteorologists say the greatest risk for tornadoes will be.

At the same time, parts of the Ohio and Tennessee valleys may experience significant flooding.

‘While the severe weather threat will understandably receive extra attention, I want to stress that the biggest impact from this storm may come from the flooding risk because repeated bouts of heavy rainfall can occur over the same areas, increasing the risk for flooding,’ Porter said.

Last week, a thunderstorm dropped 1-2 inches of rain in an hour’s time in Birmingham, Alabama, dramatically flooding the streets with torrents of water and leaving several communities severely damaged from the storms.

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