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Severe Weather Hits Southeast, Threatens Tornadoes

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Following devastating storms in the Southeast, more severe weather hit the area, resulting in power outages and delays at airports. The Ohio and Tennessee valleys, where massive hail was a possibility, as well as central and northern Florida, were predicted to see the strongest storm conditions.

This also included severe gusts, potential tornadoes, and up to five inches of rain. Thunderstorms were forecasted from Mississippi to Indiana, including parts of North Carolina.

During the morning and early afternoon in Georgia, strong winds caused trees and utility poles to tumble into main roadways, resulting in traffic jams and hassles for commuters. In Florida, the buildup grew.

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At around 11 a.m., the Federal Aviation Administration directed Orlando International Airport to shut down the airport immediately. The FAA alleged average delays at top airports, including Miami and Tampa, with over one hour departure delays.

On May 21, 2024, over 12,000 lost power in eastern and southern Louisiana due to storms possibly causing tornadoes. In Florida, Leon County, where Tallahassee, the state capital, is located, had the most outages, with 16,213 cases reported, according to previous reports.

Three twisters hit the area on Friday, and some reports said it was the worst damage ever inflicted on the area. The occasional shower and island thunderstorms were observed during the night in northern Florida. By the afternoon of May 21, 2024, when the storms reached the Atlantic Coast eased.

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At least one person died after a tree hit a mobile home in West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana. Additionally, several people were injured, including five women, and the death toll rose to one woman. St. Martin Parish also confirmed another fatality, but no other details were given.

Sheriff Becket Breaux of Saint Martin Parish posted a Facebook video sharing his thoughts on the incident. He also wrote that a tornado might have hit the area because of the damage. Sherbin Collette, the mayor of Breaux and Henderson, urged residents in disaster-prone areas to avoid highways and stay updated on the weather.

The HDS predicts storms will move from the Midwest to the East Coast. Two twisters also caused overflowing rivers and flooded roads in the central US, mostly in Missouri. The Mississippi Valley got a break, but storms returned, potentially causing localized flooding in the Northeast.

However, the subsequent run of showers and storms commenced in the late hours of May 22, 2024.

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This week, the sun will rise high in South Florida, so much so that heat indexes will likely reach triple digits due to humidity. The storm caused rivers to rise from eastern Texas to the Florida Panhandle due to heavy rains, though less intense.

Many of them describe flooded streets, houses, and businesses damaged by water leakage. Strong storms waterlogged the land on Monday, causing the flood.

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