Nearly 70 million Americans are bracing for yet another round of powerful storms as a severe system makes its way across the US Tuesday, threatening states from Texas to Michigan.
Set to strike this afternoon, the severe weather will bring damaging winds and potentially tornadoes to states in the already storm-stricken South and Midwest, days after deadly multi-state tornado outbreak crippled the regions.
As citizens in those areas continue to survey the damage, this very similar system is poised to deliver very much the same conditions to many of those same states, and persist overnight.
As the storm touches down in the afternoon, the is a high potential of tornadoes – with more set to strike Arkansas, Oklahoma and southern Missouri into the night.
Set to strike this afternoon, the severe weather will bring damaging winds – and potentially tornadoes – to states in the already storm-stricken South and Midwest, days after deadly multi-state tornado outbreak crippled the regions. Pictured: The storm’s predicted path at 2pm
A man is is seen surveying his tornado-damaged house with a friend in Adamsville, Tennessee on Sunday, a day after a deadly multi-state tornado outbreak that took place last Friday
‘Strong, potentially long track tornadoes are possible, in addition to large hail and damaging winds,’ Storm Prediction Center forecasters warned Tuesday morning, issuing Level 4 of 5 threat levels in the aforementioned states.
‘Many of the areas that got hammered by the last severe weather outlook could be at risk again, so it’s imperative that everyone in this region closely monitor the latest local forecasts,’ The Weather Prediction Center added.
‘Be prepared to take cover if warnings are issued,’ the agency said, forecasting 135mph winds and potentially hail as soon as 2pm.
In addition to the damaging weather, tornadoes are also likely in Iowa, Illinois, Missouri and Arkansas.
Included in the heightened risk zones are cities like Little Rock that are recovering from several violent tornadoes seen Friday.
One of the initial areas expected to be hit by the system shortly after midday stretches across eastern Iowa, and also spans much of northwestern Illinois and northeastern Missouri – both of which recently were devastated by tornadoes.
A second includes southern Missouri and parts of Oklahoma and Arkansas, which all reported tornado sightings at the outset of the weekend.
Cities in the risk areas on Tuesday include Springfield, Oklahoma City and Cedar Rapids, as well as Davenport and Waterloo further north in Iowa.
The damaging weather will likely bring tornadoes to states already stricken over the weekend like Illinois. Debris is seen in the village of Palestine on Sunday, as the cleanup continues
Destroyed aircraft, hangar pieces and other debris at Robinson Municipal Airport, two days after a tornado hit Palestine, Illinois
There was also severe damage in Little Rock, Arkansas – which is also expected to be hit by the similar system on Tuesday. Tornadoes spurred Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders to declare a state of emergency and activated the National Guard after five in her state were killed
A pickup truck lies upside down after a tornado hit the area in Adamsville, Tennessee on April 2, 2023. More storms are expected to strike the state later Tuesday, as well as nearby Missouri
Residents are seen surveying damage in Little Rock over the weekend, as officials warn of a stark prospect of similar storms later in the day
A family moves furniture from their destroyed home in Adamsville, Tennessee on April 1, 2023
Citizens in those locales are being warned of the stark possibility of destructive straight-line winds, baseball-sized hail and deadly tornadoes, some of which could be of EF2+ intensity.
The storms are also expected to come in waves Tuesday, with multiple rounds across Iowa, Illinois and Missouri starting in the early afternoon.
The first round, expected around 2pm, will bring the threat of the very large hail to all three states, with west-central Iowa seeing a strong potential of tornadoes and high speed winds as the day progresses.
The weather prediction added that more storms may develop later in the evening, due to a cold front that could make its way into the Midwestern region.
‘A conditional tornado threat will also persist overnight with any sustained supercells,’ the storm center added, before detailing the threat of the potentially more deadly night storms, that could strike Arkansas and Missouri as citizens sleep.
‘Any nocturnal supercells will be capable of all severe hazards, and the concern remains regarding the potential for nocturnal strong tornadoes from near the Arkansas-Louisiana-Texas region into parts of southern Missouri.
Those ‘nocturnal strong tornadoes,’ the storm center said, could be deadly than their counter parts in the daytime, due to citizens being less likely to receive weather alerts and learn of developing conditions while they are asleep.
‘Please remain weather aware, have multiple ways to receive warnings & stay tuned to the forecast for updates,’ officials in Missouri – still processing damage seen last week – warned.
Jon Green, a Supervisor for Johnson County in Iowa – parts of which were slammed by the near-identical weather system just days ago – added: ‘The danger of a rain-shrouded tornado in the dark is significantly higher than it is during the daytime hours, when everybody’s out and about, paying attention.’
Tornadoes expected earlier in the day, meanwhile, likely not culminate until later in the afternoon, around 5 to 6pm.
Following that first, initial round, a second and third rounds are expected Tuesday evening and early Wednesday, with the system as a whole expected to be moving as fast as 60 miles per hour.
During that time, the wide swath will traverse across southeastern Minnesota, through southern Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois and western Indiana southward, to portions of Missouri, Arkansas, eastern Oklahoma and eastern Texas.
At most risk is Missouri, Iowa, and Illinois – all of which are recovering from tornado-spawning storms seen over the weekend that left 32 dead and dozens of others injured across the Midwest and South.
At least 50 confirmed tornadoes touched down those states, as well as others like Tennessee, southern Georgia, southern Alabama and the Florida Panhandle.
The weather ripped through hundreds of homes as they barreled through the regions, rending many domiciles ‘inhabitable.’
Affecting 11 states in total, the twisters damaged homes and businesses, splintered trees and laid waste to neighborhoods – and the cleanup still continues as of Tuesday.
Among the five dead in Indiana are Brett Kincaid, 53, and Wendy Kincaid, 47, from Rossville, Indiana, whose bodies were found at the McCormick’s Creek State Park campground, where they had been camping, according to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
Thirteen deaths were reported in Tennessee, where an EF2 tornado shredded through multiple counties, according to the National Weather field office in Nashville.
The dead also included at least nine in one Tennessee county and four in Illinois. Other deaths from the storms that hit Friday night into Saturday were reported in Alabama and Mississippi.
Men inspect a tornado-damaged car in Adamsville, Tennessee on April 2, 2023. The system currently making its away is expected to bring similar weather Tuesday into Wednesday
Pieces of a hangar are seen wrapped around a tree at Robinson Municipal Airport, two days after a tornado hit Palestine, Illinois. The state is one of three most at risk of tornadoes Tuesday
A woman sits in front of her tornado-damaged home in Adamsville, Tennessee on Saturday, hours after the recent spate of tornadoes
Tennessee, one of the hardest-hit states since the storms Friday, initially had seven weather-related deaths. More severe weather is expected in the state Tuesday
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker on Sunday traveled to Belvidere to visit the Apollo Theatre, which partially collapsed as around 260 people were attending a heavy metal concert. A 50-year-old man was rescued from the rubble and later died.
The governor said 48 others were treated in hospitals, with five in critical condition.
WTHR reported that Brett and Wendy Kincaid were killed in their camper Friday night when the storm hit McCormick’s Creek State Park campground in Owen County.
Their bodies were located on Saturday, according to Indiana conservation officers, who said the storms devastated the area. They also noted that the campground, which remains closed, was particularly affected.
Governor Pritzker planned to travel later to Crawford County, around 230 miles south of Chicago, where three people were killed and eight were injured as a tornado hit around New Hebron.
‘We’ve had emergency crews digging people out of their basements because the house is collapsed on top of them, but luckily they had that safe space to go to,’ Sheriff Bill Rutan said at a news conference.
That tornado was not far from where three people died in Indiana’s Sullivan County, around 95 miles southwest of Indianapolis.
Like the last round of storms, most at risk Tuesday are more rural communities, countless of which are set directly in the system’s path.
A state of emergency has yet to be declared, but officials say that could change – and advised millions in affected states to ‘remain vigilant.’