The U.S. National Weather Service (NWS) said another outbreak of severe storms and tornadoes was possible on Thursday after storm damage spread across four South American states on Wednesday.
The NWS Storm Prediction Center received 129 reports of severe weather late Wednesday night, including 21 tornadoes, some of which caused severe damage to homes and businesses in Alabama and Mississippi.
Severe weather damage was reported in Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee and Alabama, the weather service said. Baseball-sized hail has been reported near the Alabama-Mississippi state line.
Forecasters issued a warning and watch for severe storms from North Texas to North Illinois and east of Carolinas on Wednesday.
The NWS has issued more than 50 tornado warnings – meaning the presence of tornadoes has been confirmed – in tornado clocks in Alabama, Arkansas, Texas, Mississippi and Oklahoma, including parts of seven states where conditions for tornadoes were possible.
Although declining since Wednesday, NWS forecasters said they expect severe weather to continue, with more widespread storms from South Virginia to North Florida, tornadoes, scattered hurricanes and isolated large hailstorms in southeastern North and South Carolina.