'Particularly dangerous situation': Officials warn of high risk of strong tornadoes across Midwest, south

Tornado Paparazzi
Posted at 5:54 AM, Nov 29, 2022
and last updated 2022-11-29 13:52:04-05

Potentially severe weather, including tornadoes, is sweeping through parts of the Midwest and South.

Around midday Tuesday, the Storm Prediction Center issued a tornado watch for much of Louisiana and Mississippi, adding that it is a "particularly dangerous situation."

According to the center, more than 40 million Americans may see severe weather on Tuesday. The highest threat is in Mississippi, where residents in Jackson, Meridian and Vicksburg could potentially see tornadoes, the Storm Prediction Center said.

“Significant severe storms are possible over a large portion of the area this afternoon into early Wednesday morning,” the National Weather Service’s Jackson office said on Tuesday. “Strong tornadoes, some possibly significant and long-tracked, are possible. Please stay weather-aware today through early Wednesday morning.”

While tornado activity generally declines in the United States in the late fall, Mississippi sees, on average, five tornadoes each November.

Tuesday’s severe weather threat extends north to Fort Wayne, Indiana. While tornadoes are not a huge concern that far north, the Storm Prediction Center said damaging winds are possible.

Through Sunday, there have been 1,187 tornadoes reported in the U.S. in 2022. Of those, 67 have touched down in November. Twenty deaths have been attributed to tornadoes in 2022 in the United States this year.