Storms sweep across the South, killing 6 and injuring dozens

First Alert Forecast Strong to severe storms likely today

This system will bring with it a threat of severe weather both in the morning and again later afternoon on Sunday. Take cover now!"it tweeted".

"So much of the Eastern United States faces the risk of severe weather today, and that includes major cities", Oravec said.

CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said the warm air present during Saturday afternoon enhanced the atmosphere's instability, creating more energy for storms to tap into and aiding in their development.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency warned of a confirmed tornado around Saturday night. The main threat, forecasters say, will be damaging winds and heavy rainfall, which could lead to areas of urban and poor drainage flooding.

"The storm is so vigorous that tornadoes are still possible after dark", Myers said.

There were multiple confirmed fatalities and multiple injuries in Monroe County from severe weather overnight, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said without providing any additional details.

The storm system's first two victims were two children in east Texas.

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National Weather Service meteorologist John Moore said a possible twister touched down in the Vicksburg, Mississippi, area. Trees were down throughout the hilly city on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi. We have a lot of flooding.

"We're living, and God has blessed us", Scott, a retired manager for a grocery store meat department, said Sunday as neighbours helped him salvage his belongings.

"Central Alabama, don't let your guard down as you head off to bed". Forecasters have issued a tornado watch, in effect until 5 a.m. Sunday, for St. Tammany and Washington parishes.

Near the Birmingham suburb of Hueytown, a county employee died after being struck by a vehicle while he was helping clear away trees about 2:15 a.m. Sunday, said Capt. David Agee of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.

Georgia's Augusta National Golf Club is included in the slight risk area Sunday as the Masters golf tournament concludes.

Heavy rains and storms raked MS into the night Saturday as the storms moved east.

Winds expected to clock in at 40 miles per hour are headed toward New Orleans and surrounding areas as intense thunderstorms make their way east, forecasters said.

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