Nine states expecting tornados today, severe storms through weekend

Tornados, high winds, and hail are expected to hit at least nine states between Wednesday and Friday, sweeping north through Texas up into Oklahoma and the Midwest on Wednesday.

The Dallas and Austin areas are expecting hail, possibly 2 inches or more, in diameter and damaging winds up to 60 mph.

Thursday: Louisiana and Mississippi will be at risk, with storms moving onĀ  through the evening into Alabama and Georgia. Cities at risk include Baton Rouge and New Orleans; Mobile, Birmingham and Montgomery; and Memphis and Nashville.

CNN reports that the storms will travel from the Texas Panhandle to the Carolinas– affecting 91 million people–covering 1,400 miles.

“The greatest threat will be damaging winds and very large hail, but tornadoes will also be possible,” the National Weather Service said.

By Friday, Florida is expected to have severe weather.

A severe storm system has already brought tornadoes to areas in Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas, killing eight people over the weekend. Four people died in Texas, two in Louisiana, one in Mississippi and another in Alabama.

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