(CNN) More than (million people in nearly) states are at risk for severe weather on Sunday, including heavy rain, hail and tornadoes.
The large storm system that brought severe weather to areas of Texas on Saturday will shift eastward, marring the Easter holiday for many in the Southeast.
- Strong, long-tracking tornadoes are forecast for Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi, along with strong winds and hail the size of tennis balls or larger.
“Widespread damaging winds are also in the forecast for much of the Southern states,” said Haley Brink, CNN Meteorologist . “Winds this strong have the potential to cause similar damage to some tornadoes.”
“These storms are typically warned as severe thunderstorm warnings and not necessarily tornado warnings, which is why it is important to heed all warnings issued by the National Weather Service offices , “she added.
Flash flooding is expected in some mid-South states, including Tennessee, North Carolina and portions of northern Georgia and Alabama, where rainfall totals could exceed 5 to 6 inches.
Most other areas will receive 2 to 4 inches.
A second wave of severe storms
Meteorologists warn that after a storm passes, residents shouldn’t let their guards down .
“For Georgia, we’re expecting two possible waves of activity: the first will be in the afternoon on Sunday as a warm front moves through the area,” said Kyle Thiem , a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Atlanta. “The second wave of storms will likely come through overnight as the main system moves eastward.”
By Monday, the system will focus on the East Coast. There will still be a threat of tornadoes and hail, but straight-line wind damage will be the main danger.
To stay abreast of dangerous conditions, officials advise residents to have multiple methods of receiving severe weather alerts, including weather radio and smartphone apps. For apps, make sure they’re not on “do not disturb” or “silent” mode.
If a tornado touches down, sirens will likely sound. However, they’re not intended to wake people up; They meant to alert people who are outdoors that they need to go inside as quickly as possible.
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