Storms and tornadoes expected to hit Midwest and the South

March 30, 2023
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The storms will be moving very quickly. So you won’t have a lot of time to react to warnings as well. So now’s the time to start preparing.

Weather service Storm Prediction Center warning coordination meteorologist Matt Elliott. A series of severe storms are expected in the Midwest and South over the next several days.

Big Picture: Meteorologists expect a series of heavy storms to hit the Midwest and South regions over the next few weeks, with Friday being a particularly dangerous day for thunderstorms, tornadoes, and dangerous wind. According to the National Weather Service, nearly 17 million people live in the highest risk zone and more than 66 million people are instructed to be on alert, with cities like Chicago and Indianapolis in the storm's path. CLICK HERE for a map of impacted areas.

Why the influx of major storms? Weather systems – like storms – are moved by a "shifting river of air" (AKA a jet stream). Currently, the west side of the jet stream is cold but the east side is warm. Accuweather meteorologist Brandon Buckingham said, "When you kind of combine the two it kind [of] makes those hairs on the back of your neck stand up. The ingredients are here. They’re primed towards the extreme end of things.”

Dangerous storms, tornadoes may target Midwest, South (The Associated Press)

by Jenna Lee,