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Isolated severe thunderstorms with damaging gusts are possible today over parts of the southeastern U.S. A few tornadoes are also possible mainly over southern Georgia and extreme southern South Carolina.
TEXAS WEATHER

Severe storms with tornadoes target Florida, Georgia, S.C.


Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 10:22 -

Severe storms and tornadoes tore a path of destruction in and around Houston Tuesday, injuring at least six across the region.

At least two tornadoes were reported to have touched down in Fort Bend County, about 30 miles southwest of Houston, causing damage to structures, the National Weather Service (NWS) reported. 

At least six people were injured after an EF-1 torando carved a mile-long path of damage Matagorda County. All of the injuries were considered minor, according to NWS Storm Reports.

Houston's Hobby Airport issued a temporary ground stop due to the storm, while the Houston Independent School District advised its more than 215,000 students and school staff to shelter in place while the storm passed, according to Reuters.  

CenterPoint Energy Inc said more than 20,000 customers were without power after the storm passed through the region.


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These storms are expected to push eastward across the Gulf States Wednesday. The Storm Prediction Center has highlighted a MARGINAL risk of severe weather from near the Florida/Georgia line to southern portions of Georgia and South Carolina.

"Isolated severe thunderstorms with damaging gusts are possible [Wednesday over parts of the southeastern U.S," says the Storm Prediction Center. "A few tornadoes are also possible mainly over southern Georgia and extreme southern South Carolina."


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Strong gusty southwest winds may reach 25 to 35 mph in areas within the marginal risk. Residents are advised to prepare in case of any power outages and to bring any outdoor furniture indoors until the storm passes.

Hail is also possible through the afternoon, according to the National Weather Service station in Jacksonville, FL. Showers are expected to continue through the evening.


Tornado 101: Everything you need to know about staying safe


Scattered showers and storms are likely to be ongoing along the front from western Georgia into the Florida panhandle, and will move/evolve eastward during the day.

Pleasant conditions are expected for the most part Thursday through Friday as high pressure builds across the Gulf states.

Risk of showers this weekend

A shortwave trough is expected to progress towards the Tennessee River Valley and the Carolinas on Saturday and Saturday night before pushing into the Atlantic on Sunday. This will trigger shower activity and isolated storms over the region, once again, from the Gulf on Saturday and Saturday night before conditions improve on Sunday on the backside of the exiting trough.

Meanwhile, another system tracking from the west will bring another round of showers and isolated thunderstorms to the southeast early next week. Click play on the video below to see the storm track.

Be sure to monitor the ALERTS page of our website for updates on watches and warnings. 

Follow tips below if severe weather strikes:

LIGHTNING SAFETY TIPS

  • Stay away from windows.
  • Unplug appliances.
  • Do not use the telephone.
  • Avoid running tap water.
  • Try to reach a safe building or vehicle (picnic shelters, dugouts and sheds are NOT considered safe).
  • Avoid high ground, water, tall, isolated trees and metal objects such as fences or bleachers.
  • If you are out on the water, get to land and find shelter immediately.


IF SOMEONE IS STRUCK BY LIGHTNING

  • Call for help / dial 911.
  • The injured person has received an electrical shock and may be burned or have other injuries.
  • People who have been struck by lightning do not retain an electrical charge and can be handled safely.
  • Give first aid. If the heart has stopped beating, a trained person should give CPR.

Environment Canada offers a 30-30 rule. If you can count 30 seconds or less between seeing a lightning flash and hearing the thunder, take shelter and stay there until 30 minutes after you last hear thunder. 


KEEP ON TOP OF ACTIVE WEATHER: Visit the Alerts section of the website



TORNADO SAFETY TIPS

  • Should a tornado develop, seek underground shelter when possible -- preferably in a basement.
  • In the absence of an underground room opt for a windowless interior room or hallway on the lowest level of a solid building.
  • Never try to outrun a tornado.
  • Keep cell phone and/or battery-operated radio handy so you can keep on top of tornado watches and warnings.
  • DO NOT go outside if a tornado is imminent or occurring in your area.


SEVERE WEATHER WARNING SIGNS

  • Large hail
  • Strong winds
  • Debris clouds and tree damage
  • Torrential rain 
  • Severe thunder/lightning
  • Dark, often greenish clouds
  • Funnel clouds


Source: NWS, SPC

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