Severe storms moved across the southern Plains to the Southeast on May 22nd, leaving a variety of damage, including two deaths in the Carolinas. The storms produced four tornadoes and two wind-related fatalities due to downed trees and power poles in North Carolina and South Carolina.
The threat for severe weather continues over Memorial Day weekend as thunderstorms are making their way across Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Texas Saturday morning, reports ANC News.
This first round of storms is expected to end by the early afternoon as a low-pressure system continues to move to the east.
Storms begin to fire across Illinois, Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and the Dakotas by Saturday evening. Some storms could be severe.
The main threats in the severe risk areas include damaging winds and hail. There is, however, a tornado risk in the Midwest Saturday night.
More storms are in the forecast for the Northeast Saturday, but the region should clear up in time for Memorial Day.
Showers will cease throughout the afternoon hours Saturday for the mid-Atlantic states as the system moves into the Northeast. The damp weather exits the Northeast Saturday evening.
From Saturday afternoon to Saturday winds are expected to reach 35 mph at times in Florida, which might perpetuate any new or existing fires.
Along the West Coast, excessive heat alerts for central and northern California are effective.
Temperatures will be in the triple digits, so the risk for heat-related illness is high, especially with outdoor activities encouraged amid social-distancing regulations.