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Severe storms to shift into southeastern U.S.

Staff Writer | April 3, 2017
Storms that brought damaging tornadoes, wind, hail and flooding through Texas and the Mississippi Valley this past weekend will shift into the Southeast on Monday.
Weather   The storms track eastward
After a warm and dry weekend, areas including New Orleans; Jackson, Mississippi; Mobile and Birmingham, Alabama; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Atlanta; and Tallahassee, Florida, can expect strong storms to rumble through on Monday.

“The storms will first tear through New Orleans and Hattiesburg, Mississippi, during the morning hours before setting their sights on Birmingham and Montgomery, Alabama, and Pensacola, Florida, during the afternoon,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Kyle Elliott.

A tornado watch is in effect for a portion of the Gulf Coast through 9:00 a.m. CDT, including New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Hattiesburg, Mississippi and Mobile, Alabama.

A tornado watch means conditions are right for tornadoes to form in any storms.

Rush hour commuters should keep an eye on the sky and stay up to date on local warnings.

Drivers should seek shelter in a sturdy building if dangerous weather is encountered, and avoid parking under overpasses for protection or attempting to drive through flooded roadways.

As the storms track eastward throughout the day, tornadoes, damaging winds, large hail and flooding rain will threaten much of Alabama, southeastern Tennessee and Georgia.