After tornadoes slammed through the Midwest on Saturday, more severe weather could rock the South and Midwest on Sunday night into Monday.
Parts of Arkansas, eastern Oklahoma, southeast Missouri, northeastern Texas and western Tennessee could see scattered severe thunderstorms Sunday afternoon into Sunday night, bringing the threat of isolated tornadoes, flooding downpours and strong wind gusts, according to Accuweather.
Marc Chenard, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service Prediction Center, said the biggest threat of severe weather Sunday afternoon into the evening is in the area stretching from northern Arkansas into southern Missouri.
“There’s a slight risk of severe weather all the way from Northeast Texas into far southwest Ohio so that same corridor, and then enhanced risks are a slightly bit higher from Northern Arkansas into southern Missouri,” Chenard told USA TODAY.
Hail, strong winds and some strong tornadoes are possible, according to Chenard. The regions facing severe weather risk could also see isolated to scattered flash flood risk on Sunday, while states farther east in the path of the thunderstorms could face flooding Monday into Monday night, he said.
Dan Pydynowski, senior meteorologist at Accuweather, also underscored the possibility of tornadoes and strong winds for the affected areas.
“At least a few tornadoes are going to be possible again today,” Pydynowski told USA TODAY. “The main threat area for that may be somewhere in Arkansas, maybe southern Missouri. And then damaging winds could really be a threat anywhere in that zone.”
Saturday’s powerful tornado in Madison County, Iowa, killed at least six people including two children under 5 years old. Initial photos and videos of the damage in Winterset suggest that tornado was at least an EF-3 tornado – such storms can drive winds in excess of 160 mph. A seventh death was reported in Chariton in Lucas County.
For areas such as the mid-Mississippi and Ohio Valleys, recent repeated rounds of heavy rain that have created wet conditions could raise the risk for flooding, according to Pydynowski.
After Saturday’s storm damage in Iowa, the National Weather Service urged those in the pathway of thunderstorms in the South to follow typical precautions and listen to weather warnings.
“Another active weather day is forecast across the eastern two-thirds of the country,” the weather service tweeted Sunday morning. “Severe weather, heavy rainfall, strong winds are all possible today. Be sure to have a safety plan ready as when Thunder Roars –Head Indoors and Turn Around – Don’t Drown!”
Pydynowski echoed the weather service’s warnings in advising residents to take heed of weather alerts and get to a safe area of their homes, particularly in cases where there is a risk of storms at night.
“You want to have your phone charged and you want to be sure that you’re getting weather alerts on it … You certainly want to be aware of those warnings,” he said. “That’s especially true if some of these storms strike in the evening after sunset. Those are the ones that are particularly dangerous because obviously, you can’t see it coming.”