Published: Sun, January 12, 2020
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

3 dead in Alabama, bringing storm death toll to 7

3 dead in Alabama, bringing storm death toll to 7

At least eight people have died as a result of severe storms sweeping across parts of the southern United States, bringing high winds and heavy rain.

What the National Weather Service described as "a confirmed large and extremely risky tornado" roared through parts of Logan County, Arkansas, about 45 miles east of Fort Smith.

The Magnolia area is predicted to receive between 1.5-2 inches of rain from the storm system.

Parts of the Middle Mississippi Valley, the Great Lakes and Northern Maine may experience a mix of freezing rain, sleet and heavy snow. While some weak tornadoes could spin up along this line, they likely would be no more consequential than the straight line wind gusts these storms are already capable of producing.

"The Storm Prediction Center has placed Houston and, more specifically Harris and Montgomery County in a Level 3 'Enhanced Risk" area for severe weather to develop.

The weather also unleashed downpours that caused widespread flash flooding.

Ryan Willis, forecaster at the National Weather Service's Peachtree City office, said the severe weather should appear sometime after 5-6 p.m. and end around 9-10 p.m.

Meteorologists believe such a drastic forecast for the area is issued two to four times each year, on average.

In Texas, one person died on Friday night when a auto flipped into a creek in the city of Dallas. National Weather Service (NWS) office in Birmingham posted Friday on its Facebook page.

I'll keep you updated on any changes.

Walker County and much of Alabama was bracing for severe storms and possible tornadoes on Saturday, with a threat timed to start in the area at 10 a.m. and with an impressive line of storms expected to roar through Walker County at mid-day.

On Alabama's Gulf Coast, Baldwin County cancelled school activities including sporting events for Saturday.

Heavy rains also could cause flooding across the South and part of the Midwest. Parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Illinois and IN were under flash flood watches on Friday IN anticipation of the drenching rains.

By Monday, the region will be hit with a second storm that will bring more rain, wind and snow.

Much of Western New York is also under a Flood Watch.

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