(Reuters) – Tornadoes and thunderstorms hit the South U. and Midwest for the second time this week, starting Wednesday afternoon and pushing east, forecasters said.
At least five people, including three children, were killed during the weekend in a storm system that drove more than three dozen tornadoes across the South.
Communities in central Texas and western Louisiana, which are already hit by floods and rounds in the first round, will once again be hit by high winds, twisters and severe rain, according to AccuWeather and NWS.
“This is a dangerous and energetic storm,” said Jim Hayes, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service Weather Center in Maryland, early in Wednesday.
It is estimated that the storm stretches from Iowa and Missouri in the north through Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas to the south, AccuWeather Meteorologist John Feerick said.
“Dallas and Oklahoma City, then to the east, is probably the biggest threat from adverse winds, floods and tornadoes,” Feerick said.
Northern Oklahoma could have a diameter of 2 inches (5 cm), or more, on Wednesday, the NWS tweeted.
NWS forecaster said the storm gets its initial fuel from warm, moist air over the Gulf of Mexico.
“It will start this afternoon over southern Kansas and about all of Oklahoma, with rain, winds of 65 mph, hail and tornadoes.” T
“The worst will hit before midnight,” he said. “By the beginning of Thursday it will be in Kentucky and Alabama.”
As the storm stretches east, it will stretch from Indiana south to Florida by the end of Thursday, hitting the Atlanta area that night and the Atlantic coast the next day.
Building up moisture from the ocean, the system is likely to create intensity thunder up the east coast as far north as the New York state.
There may be travel delays on the rain in New York, Philadelphia and Washington and possibly damage to property from high wind, AccuWeather warned.
Flash floods could be threatening in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts Saturday, said the weather service.
Reporting Andrew Hay in Taos, New Mexico and Rich McKay in Atlanta; Edited by Raissa Kasolowsky
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