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Severe storms to barrel into southeastern US on Monday

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Storms that brought damaging tornadoes, wind, hail and flooding through Texas and the Mississippi Valley this past weekend will shift into the Southeast on Monday.

After a warm and dry weekend, areas including New Orleans; Jackson, Mississippi; Mobile and Birmingham, Alabama; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Atlanta; and Tallahassee, Florida, can expect strong storms to rumble through on Monday.

“The storms will first tear through New Orleans and Hattiesburg, Mississippi, during the morning hours before setting their sights on Birmingham and Montgomery, Alabama, and Pensacola, Florida, during the afternoon,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Kyle Elliott.

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A tornado watch is in effect for a portion of the Gulf Coast through 9:00 a.m. CDT, including New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Hattiesburg, Mississippi and Mobile, Alabama.

A tornado watch means conditions are right for tornadoes to form in any storms.

Rush hour commuters should keep an eye on the sky and stay up to date on local warnings.

Drivers should seek shelter in a sturdy building if dangerous weather is encountered, and avoid parking under overpasses for protection or attempting to drive through flooded roadways.

As the storms track eastward throughout the day, tornadoes, damaging winds, large hail and flooding rain will threaten much of Alabama, southeastern Tennessee and Georgia.

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“By the late afternoon and early evening, storms will target Macon, Augusta and Atlanta, Georgia; and the upstate of South Carolina,” said Elliott.

“The storms can cause major airline delays at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and major travel headaches during the evening rush hours.”

Power outages are likely as strong winds and saturated soil could result in toppled trees and power lines.

Rounds of heavy rain through Monday evening will help to alleviate drought conditions throughout the Southeast, however.

“On Sunday night, storms dumped over 6 inches of rain on Jackson, Mississippi, and upwards of 10 inches of rain in portions of northeastern Louisiana and western Mississippi,” said Elliott.

Since the storms are expected to move more quickly, rainfall amounts of this magnitude will not be widespread.

However, some locations hit by the hardest storms can still have flash flooding of creeks and streams and quickly submerged roadways, according to Elliott.

While the storms will finally move offshore on Monday night, another round of severe weather could threaten the area on Wednesday.