storms in Holt cause injuries
Severe storms across the southeast have caused casualties in Holt and damage with strong winds, hail and potential tornadoes.
In Escambia County, Alabama, close to the Gulf Coast, Sheriff Heath Jackson said six people were infected in Atmore Township Friday morning, including two in critical condition.
Several trees were cut down after a severe storm damaged Holt’s Log Lake Road.
Strong storms cause damage in Holt
Nine mobile homes overturned when a storm swept through the area about 50 miles north of Pensacola, Florida, around 9 a.m., Jackson reported. He added that the National Weather Service would send a team to assess whether the damage was from a hurricane or straight line winds.
The same storm streak crossed Georgia on Friday afternoon and was headed to the Carolinas.
CHELCO Power crews arrive at power lines for service after a severe storm damages Log Lake Road in Holt.
The threat of severe weather extends from the Ohio Valley to Florida, with potential large-diameter hail, winds of up to 70 mph, and hurricanes, with nearly 45 million people in the storm’s path as it moves east.
The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) noted that forecasts “indicate that conditions will be ideal for hurricanes” and if the storm lines up perfectly, “a long and powerful hurricane will be possible.”
Storms are expected to continue eastward Friday, with areas from Columbus, Ohio, all the way to Wilmington, North Carolina, and south toward the Florida Panhandle.
The potential for strong thunderstorms may also affect areas of Cincinnati, Ohio and Louisville, Kentucky, where damaging winds and significant hail are likely.
“Some thunderstorms may also have heavy rainfall, releasing a marginal (level 1 of 4) risk of flash flooding in Alabama and western Georgia,” the Weather Prediction Center (WPC) said.
By Friday evening, rain will begin across much of the East Coast and continue into Saturday, the WPC said.