Update April 14, 4:06 AM EDT:Over 30 people have been killed since Sunday as nearly 60 tornadoes rolled through Texas all the way to the Carolinas. Over 75 million people were in the path of destruction between Sunday and Monday as the storms battered on.
Mississippi suffered the highest numbers of death with 11 people losing their lives due to the storms. Hundreds of homes and businesses were uprooted or destroyed, leaving many to move into makeshift community shelters, which brings up worries of keeping adequate social distancing during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
Original article below:
Easter weekend was anything but restful for many residents of the U.S' South and Southeastern states as a tornado thrashed its way across them.
A second set of bad weather is due to hit the region, so residents are warned to remain vigilant and indoors.
Mississippi declares state of emergency
"This is not how anyone wants to celebrate Easter Sunday," Mississippi State Gov. Tate Reeves said in a statement. "The state and our first responders are working around the clock and will not rest until this is over. We are mobilizing all resources available to protect our people and their property."
Officials have stated that hundreds of structures have been damaged due to the storms.
Mississippi is dealing with torn up homes, injuries, and unspecified numbers of fatalities because of the storms. Over 95 million people in nearly 20 states are facing severe weather over Sunday and into Monday, with tornado watches issued in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama.
At least one tornado was confirmed in central Texas, according to the National Weather Service. The mayor of Monroe, Louisiana, says more twisters hit his town today.https://t.co/69pvLugi4bpic.twitter.com/WwuYXqDUuT— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) April 12, 2020
CNN meteorologist, Gene Norman said "There was a tornado emergency in effect at the time and this tornado was likely on the ground for nearly 100 miles. The Southeast remains under the threat for more multiple, dangerous and destructive tornadoes into the evening as tornado watches are in effect through midnight and will likely be extended eastward by Monday."
A dangerous Easter Sunday looks to be in store for the Deep South, with a tornado outbreak not out of the question: https://t.co/7HRecknro2— AccuWeather (@accuweather) April 12, 2020
The country's National Weather Service issued its highest level of tornado alert for parts of certain counties in the South and South East.
Keeping people safe during coronavirus outbreak
These storm threats come at an unfortunate time when the coronavirus is forcing most people to keep a safe physical distance and to remain at home. For those who have lost their homes in the storms, they will have to be in safe rooms specifically set up for such instances.
HEADS UP! These storms are expected to hit the Charlotte area Sunday afternoon into Monday. https://t.co/utFXmFT9sh— WBTV News (@WBTV_News) April 12, 2020
Officials in Mississippi stated that most county safe rooms had hand sanitizer, and urged people to keep wearing face masks indoors. "Social distance as best as possible while inside the safe room," said Malary White, a spokeswoman with the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency.
In Alabama, Gov. Kay Ivey said "Shelters and community safe rooms should remain open and accessible to all individuals seeking refuge from this severe weather while implementing reasonable practices and procedures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among those seeking shelter."
As the storms ease, residents are urged to remain aware as flash floods are expected in certain parts of North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama. On top of this, a second set of storms is due to hit the region. "The second wave of storms will likely come through overnight as the main system moves eastward," said Kyle Thiem, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
Monday will see a threat of tornadoes on the East Coast, with officials advising residents to regularly check on severe weather alerts over the coming days.
Severe thunderstorms will shift across the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions Monday with threats for strong tornadoes, damaging winds, large hail and flash flooding. To the north, heavy snow, strong winds and lake effect snow will continue across the western Great Lakes. pic.twitter.com/0tYbeZXhB0— National Weather Service (@NWS) April 13, 2020