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Strong Storms Target Deep South Monday

Story written by Jordan Root, AccuWeather.com Meteorologist

A potent cold front will continue to slice its way east for the start of the new week, putting more people at risk for strong storms on Monday through Tuesday.

Folks across the Deep South will need to be on alert on Monday as storms erupt across the region.

Major cities that could be threatened include Jackson, Miss., New Orleans, La., and Birmingham, Ala. The storm threat will shift into Birmingham, Ala., and Pensacola, Fla., on Monday night.

The major threat with these storms will be damaging winds and torrential downpours, which could lead to flash flooding.

The hail and tornado threat is expected to decrease compared to this past weekend which featured numerous reports of hail and a few reports of tornadoes.

Large hail and damaging winds impacted Kansas to Michigan on Saturday. Significant wind damage occurred in Freeport, Ill., as several farm buildings were destroyed. Hail stones measuring two and a half inches in diameter fell near Story City, Iowa.

The severe weather ramped up even more on Sunday, as a couple tornadoes tore through communities. Lovelady, Texas, was struck in the evening by a tornado. Three mobile homes were destroyed and a local high school was damaged. One person was also injured in the event.

The town of Cameron, Mo., had wind damage during the day as a roof blew off into an apartment complex in high winds. Emergency managers reported two injuries as a result.

The same front will be to blame for Monday and Tuesday's storms as it blasts eastward.

Those taking to the road or air may face travel delays and will want to prepare in advance for possible disruptments to their schedule.

Bursts of heavy rain could lead to flash flooding on roadways. Motorists are urged to turn around if they encounter high water in their travels.

Although thunderstorms are not forecast across northern New England on Monday, there is also high flood potential due to snow on the ground and heavy rain that will move through.

The storm threat will shift closer to the Southeast coast on Tuesday, putting Raleigh, N.C., Norfolk, Va., Charleston, S.C., and Jacksonville, Fla., in the strong storm zone.

Gusty winds and heavy downpours will again be the main threat with the possibility of flash flooding.

Cooler air will rush in behind the front, but improving conditions will move in for midweek with sunshine once again returning.